Following on from Mike's observation of the waterbird influx from inland into
southern Vic, there may also be a mini irruption of Sacred Kingfisher.
Despite being a reasonably common bird in Melbourne over summer, there
definitely seems to be many more of them than usual.
Over the last week I have heard SK at suburban Wattle Park in Melbourne's mid
east (I have never recorded them here in 10 years), as well as seeing several
at Karkarook Park in Moorabin on Sunday. This is on top of 3 extra sightings in
different Melbourne suburbs on Birdline just over the last 3 days.
Could be an interesting summer in Vic :-)
> Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:06:25 +1100
> CC: ; ;
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] WATERBIRD BONANZA reaches southern Victoria
> Birds Australia's regular monthly count at Melbourne Water's Eastern
> Treatment Plant (ETP) near Carrum, SE of Melbourne on Sunday 23 October
> produced 77 bird species 46 of which were wetland dependant. The exodus from
> central Australia began some months ago but is now accelerating. Migrant
> waders, many of which stopped on the inland floods last year are not pausing
> in such numbers this year. Highlights of this count were 7 FRECKLED DUCK,
> 1300 Grey Teal, 185 Pink-eared Duck, 7 GREAT CRESTED GREBE, 80 Australasian
> Grebe (down from >300), 180 Hoary-headed Grebe, 160 Australian Pelican, 4
> White-necked Heron, 8 Great Egret, 5 INTERMEDIATE EGRET, 6 GLOSSY IBIS, 5
> Royal Spoonbill, 8 Yellow-billed Spoonbill, 2 Buff-banded Rail, 6 Australian
> Spotted Crake, 1 Black-tailed Native-hen, 5600 Eurasian Coot, 3 AUSTRALIAN
> PAINTED SNIPE, 41 LATHAM'S SNIPE, 4 Common Sandpiper, 410 Sharp-tailed
> Sandpiper, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 120 Black-winged Stilt, 39 Red-necked Avocet,
> 9 Red-kneed Dotterel and 35 Whiskered Tern. And on 24 October, an AUSTRALIAN
> LITTLE BITTERN was calling at the nearby Edithvale Wetlands.
> Unfortunately, access to both sites is restricted as the hide at Edithvale
> is yet to reopen although the wetland can be viewed from external elevated
> Alison Kuiter has a gallery of bird photographs taken at the ETP on the web
> site below. The last ~20 shots are from Sunday's survey.
> Mike Carter
> 30 Canadian Bay Road
> Mount Eliza VIC 3930
> Tel (03) 9787 7136
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