Terek Sandpiper near Geelong, Victoria

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Subject: Terek Sandpiper near Geelong, Victoria
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 08:36:41 +1100
Melbourne birders might be interested in Sean's segment on Radio RRR 102.7 at about 8.15 every Thursday. This morning's chat was about the Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea, duck races, and mussels, and had me laughing most of the way to work - now THAT'S an achievement!

Russell Woodford

On 13/03/2008, at 7:09 AM, Sean Dooley wrote:

Yesterday (March 12), after participating in a canoe paddle across Lake Connewarre as part of the Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea, I dropped into Hospital Swamps where I saw amongst many waders, a single Terek Sandpiper. This is not a common bird for Victoria and is the first I have seen in the
state for about twenty years. Hospital Swamp is, I believe, mainly
freshwater so this was an unusual location, and being several kilometres
inland is the first time I have ever seen a Terek away from the coast.

It was with a flock of about 600 Red-necked Stints and 150 Curlew Sandpiper,
though a Black Falcon that swooped in on the waders scared off two
similar-sized flocks that seemed to land a bit further west, where I believe
there are more wetlands (hence the name Hospital Swamps I guess).

About half an hour earlier, whilst still on Lake Connewarre, which is tidal and quite brackish, we saw flocks of small waders heading in the general direction of Hospital Swamps. This occurred around high tide so I suspect that the Terek may have been amongst them and feeding down towards the mouth of the Barwon. For anyone wanting to look for the bird I would suggest going
around high tide. The site is at the end of Hospital Swamp Road.


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