Croker Island birds

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Subject: Croker Island birds
From: "Don and Llane Hadden" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 13:14:55 +0930
Over the last 2 days there has been a Barn Swallow hawking between the beach 
and the swamp at Palm Bay. Wetland species are easier to observe now as there 
is very little water for them to feed in and there are significant numbers in a 
relatively small area. Plenty of crocodiles too!! There are a lot of migratory 
waders both those that prefer the coast and those on the remnant freshwater 
wetlands – quite a few new for the Croker list. I think I’ve added 22 new 
species to the list. There are numerous Purple Swamphens and Nankeen Night 
Herons and Radjah Shelducks. All the egrets are here, Little, Intermediate, 
Great, Cattle and Reef. There are White-browed Crakes and Jacanas and 
Buff-banded Rails some of which forage far out in the open. On the dry 
floodplain there are the usual hundreds of Brolga and Magpie Geese plus Pipits 
and Horsfield’s Bushlarks and many Little Curlews, Oriental Plovers and 
Australian Pratincoles but I have looked in vain for Oriental Pratincoles and 

Don Hadden
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