Western Treatment Plant

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Subject: Western Treatment Plant
From: "Steve Davidson" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 23:27:41 +1100
Hi B-Aussers

Had a great morning at WTP where birds just seemed to be literally everywhere.  
I was privy to two "events" that I thought were worthy of note.

1. Saw a Restless Flycatcher near the end of Farm Rd.  No biggie by most 
people's standards, but it is curiously omitted from the official Melbourne 
Water Western Treatment Plant Bird Checklist.  Surely this is not the first 
time this species has been recorded within the Plant.  Does someone know of any 
prior records?

2. Amongst the 100 or so White-winged Black Terns currently present at Lake 
Borrie, I very briefly observed one presumed juvenile Chlidonias tern that 
stood out from the rest.  It had a very dark cap that seemed to extend further 
forward than adjacent terns, a very dark mantle that faded to indistinct 
scalloping on the back, and most noticeable of all, dark smudges on the sides 
of the upperbreast that jutted out like little promontories.  I only watched 
the bird for probably 40-50 seconds before the whole flock took flight, and the 
individual was lost in the melee.  I did not see the bird in flight at any 
time.  My initial impression was that the bird displayed some characteristics 
of a juvenile Black Tern, however I have little experience with this species 
and would encourage someone far more expert in this field to have a crack at 
relocating the bird.  Apart from anything the sight of the terns, and all the 
birds for that matter amassed on Lake Borrie presently is a wonderful visual 

At the moment it is possible to find 100+ species in a day at WTP, it is truly 
an amazing place...


Steve Davidson

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