Raptors at WTP

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Subject: Raptors at WTP
From: jenny spry <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 14:20:23 +1000
Hi all,

The waders have all left the WTP, Melbourne, but to keep the birding
interesting there were more raptors there on Monday than I have seen in a
long time. I spent most of the day at the Western Lagoons area and had 9
species over the ponds and surrounding paddocks and foreshore. There was a
young Spotted Harrier that was working along the spit and at the north end
there were at least 5 Whistling Kites. A first-year Black Falcon was
working down by the entry gate and Swamp Harriers were everywhere. One
Black Kite was at the Murtcain outlet as were Brown Falcon and
Black-shouldered Kite. A White-breasted Sea-Eagle was resting on driftwood
on the spit. Finally there was a Nankeen Kestrel on 29 Mile Rd.

I missed the Wedgies, Brown Goshawk and Hobby that I have seen down there
earlier this year so I will have to go back. I mean 9 raptors in a day was
special but 12 would be astounding. And of course there is sometimes a
Peregrine at WTP too, but getting that as well in one day would just be
greedy (smile).

I have seen a few photos of the Spotted Harrier so I am guessing lots of
people have been down to have a look at this special bird. If you have some
time the Western Lagoon is well worth a visit at the moment as I also had
flocks of Zebra Finch, Goldfinch, Black-fronted Dotterel and a few nicely
coloured Red-capped Plover.



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