Red-necked Phalarope, WTP Werribee

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope, WTP Werribee
From: "Jack Krohn" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2006 17:22:35 +1000

Not the first time that I've gone to Werribee after a Phalarope has been 
reported, but this time successful.  Presumably the bird that has been reported 
previously, in partial breeding plumage, in the first lagoon with water in it 
on the left after crossing the ford over Little River north of Paradise Road 
and turning right (ie heading downstream next to the river).  Consorting with 
three Sharp-tails that were roosting on an emergent rock, but spent most of its 
time swimming and pecking almost frenetically at the water surface.  Compared 
to illustrations, the bird looked blotchily rather than solid dark on the 
breast and seemed to have a more prominent white eyebrow.  Chestnut neck panels 
and golden bars on shoulders quite distinct.  81 other species seen including 
Collared Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Sandpiper, Pacific Golden Plovers 
(at Kirk Pt) & one Fairy Tern at The Spit.

Dipped on a couple of species others had found during the morning (Glossy Ibis, 
Australian Spotted Crake, for instance), but all in all a very pleasant visit.



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