VIC - SE Melb - recent sightings in Bayside

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Subject: VIC - SE Melb - recent sightings in Bayside
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 20:57:17 +1100
This is mainly for locals.

The young of the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes that nested just north of the public toilets north of the Ricketts Point Tea House left the nest in the last couple of days but are still calling in the area.

On Wednesday (25/1) I surfaced when snorkelling off the Tea House Reef to find a Little Penguin just 3 metres in front of me. It dived but was soon preening.

On Friday 27/1 I was paddling in a kayak with Pat Graham in search of an unidentified bird and we saw a young(?) Common Sandpiper at the base of the cliffs between Cromer and Charman Roads. It would not be visible from the shore.

And today there was a pair of Red-rumped Parrots feeding in the western fire break of the Long Hollow Reserve.

Earlier in the month I saw 2 Purple Swamphens apparently with a nest at the Elster Creek wetland on the Elsternwick Golf Course.

Michael Norris
Bayside Friends of Native Wildlife

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