Ruffless People

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Subject: Ruffless People
From: "Neville Pamment" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 14:16:48 +1100
A quick trip yesterday afternoon to the Western Treatment Plant [WTP] (Werribee, Vic) failed to produce either of the Ruffs recently seen by John Barkla, Richard Novotny and others. We searched Paradise Road lagoons, the T-section lagoons and the Conservation Ponds. It being some hours from the next high tide may not have helped. This is turning into Marj's and my jinx bird.
Some good birds seen all the same: no less than 14 Cape Barren Geese (10 at Paradise Rd, 4 at the T-section lagoons); Black-tailed Native-Hen and Australian (Spotted) Crake at the Conservation Ponds; and Crested Pigeons in two separate locations -- a first for us at WTP, though I believe they've been turning up regularly for a couple of years now.  
A brilliant sight was tens of thousands of waders feeding on what appears to be the recently partly-drained lagoon to the NE of the road leading to the Little River mouth, not far from the ford.
Thanks Richard Novotny for helpful instructions with site-finding yesterday.
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