WTP 25-10-06

Subject: WTP 25-10-06
From: Frank Pierce / Janet Mattiske <>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 22:47:42 +1000
Yesterday I spent an enjoyable day of 'car-based' birding at WTP (Western Treatment Plant - Werribee Victoria). The wind was so strong that it was barely possible to use binoculars out of shelter, let alone a scope.

Highlights were:-
Wood Sandpiper and Aust Crake - were at the first clump of reeds in third pond on right at tee-section ponds. Red Knots - A dozen were at the edge of the pond on the left at the same spot as above. Glossy Ibis - 13 were at pond ne of the Borrow pit (95E N&S) and another 15 at Walsh's lagoon (145W-No7).
Black-tailed Godwit - A number were at Walsh's lagoon (145W-No7).
Red-necked Phalarope - Was at Walsh's lagoon (145W-No7).
Whiskered Terns - There were 100's all over the farm, most in breeding plumage.
Golden Plovers - About 10 at Kirk Point

My bird of the day was definitely the phalarope which has coloured up beautifully. It is worth a trip to see this vagrant showing its colours.

Frank Pierce


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