Huntingdale Rd wetland, Melbourne

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Subject: Huntingdale Rd wetland, Melbourne
From: "Jack Krohn" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 20:04:54 +1000
Very limited opportunities to get out lately, but I made a couple of brief visits to Melbourne Water's constructed wetlands in the Scotchmans Creek valley immediately east of Huntingdale Rd, about 14 km SE of Melbourne CBD, firstly on late Saturday afternoon and again early this morning.  There are lots of dense reed beds which make it hard to see the birds among them (which probably suits the birds perfectly).  There are also some more open expanses of water and some open shorelines where the waterfolw are obviously used to being fed.  Best birds included Grey Currawongs (seem to be establishing themselves as residents in this part of the world), Little Grassbird, Black-fronted Dotterel, Little Falcon and, on Saturday only, a single Buff-banded Rail.  The Rail was near the north-eastern corner of the complex, poking quietly along the shore among the reeds then making its way into the overflow creek-bed.  Minimum numbers of waterfowl included 63 Pacific Black Ducks, 29 Chestnut Teal, 2 Grey Teal, 6 Australian Wood Ducks, 15 Coots, 5 Purple Swamphens, 3 Dusky Moorhens, 9 Australasian Grebes, 2 Masked Lapwings and 6 mongrel exotic ducks.
    Jack Krohn
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