Seaford Swamp 13th Jan 2005

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Subject: Seaford Swamp 13th Jan 2005
From: "Sean Dooley" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 21:49:02 +1100
Some highlights of the Birds Australia monthy survey for Melbourne Water last Thursday (the 13th) of Seaford Swamp, (South East Suburban fringe of Melbourne) by Chris Tzaros and myself.
We saw 66 species for the survey, 32 of which were wetland dependant or raptor species.
Though not the 5000 that were at Edithvale Wetlands the previous week, we did count 560 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Sadly unable to wangle any of them into something more unusual so the big rarity will just have to wait another week or so!
Other highlights included single Baillon's and Spotless Crakes following on from December's Lewin's Rail and Spotted Crake. There was still a lot of waterfowl breeding in evidence with 23 young Pacific Black Duck in 4 broods, a brood of 5 Chestnut Teal ducklings and another brood of 6 young Hardhead, the first time I can rmember this species breeding here.
The swamp itself is in the best condition it has been in for fifteen years and is still quite full so can only get better over the next few weeks as water levels drop providing more feeding area for waders. Bring on the February survey!
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