This is really good news fpr me too...
I got to where I thought it was on Monday but I didn't arrive until 6pm &
almost full darkness, so I missed it too!!
I was whizzing past on my way back from the Port Madonnell pelagics
double-header & thought it was worth a quick look on the way past...
I will be in Melbourne again next weekend & I really would like to catch up
with it on the Monday...
It will be interesting to see if the shoveller hangs around until then & I will
be watching this space with much interest as to his reported movements...
I don't get down to Melb very often so missing it twice in 2 weeks will be very
hard to bear!!!
> To: ;
> Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 17:24:52 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Shoveler a 'No-Show' at Werribee
> It's still around, I found it easily at about 1pm today - I just drove to
> where all the cars were parked and got someone to point it out. I had driven
> past this spot 30 minutes before, and missed it. It's easy to see if it's
> facing you, not so easy if it's facing away or distant.
> It was at the north east corner of Lake Borrie, and I think it had been there
> an hour or so before I got there. Soon after that, it flew to the north east
> corner of the pond to the west of Lake Borrie. This is the pond that's
> separated from Lake Borrie by a narrow causeway you can drive on.
> Then it seemed to just drift with the wind almost to the east side of that
> pond, where it encountered 3 or 4 male Australasian Shovelers swimming south
> west. It swam hard to catch up with them, gave up, caught up again, then they
> all swam back to the north east corner. There it got out on the bank for a
> while till all the ducks there flew back into the water. I left at about 2.30
> after having watched it for about 1 and 1/2 hours.
> Thanks to whoever found it first today, I think it was Steve Davidson, and to
> those who pointed it out to me later. Sorry you missed it, John, it's the
> luck of the draw when a bird could be at any of dozens of ponds. I tried a
> couple of times when there was one here in 2011, and never found it.
> Hopefully this one will stick around longer than that one did.
> Peter Shute
> On Behalf Of John Tongue
> Sent: Saturday, 18 May 2013 10:50 AM
> To: Birding-Aus Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Shoveler a 'No-Show' at Werribee
> Sadly, despite a day of concerted searching around Walsh's Lagoon, from there
> to the Borrow Pits, and around Lake Borrie, the Northern Shoveler was not to
> be seen. A quick check around T-Section late in the afternoon also failed to
> turn up the Aus Bittern seen recently.
> Not the most successful in terms of targets, but sill, a very pleasant day.
> John Tongue
> Ulverstone, Tas.
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