Thanks for the info Peter. In a fit of irresponsibility I got up at midnight
last night after staring at ceiling and thinking about your Saturday sighting
of the NS - and booked my flight to Melbourne. Was on the job at 11 and was
pleased to see both you and Russell - literally pointing at the Northern
Shoveler, along with a who's who of WTP. Too bad I didn't follow the cavalcade
- I missed the Bittern. But as always, I enjoyed the hell out of that amazing
place. What an incredible resource.
The point of this post is to continue request from my buddy Scotty Ryan, who is
driving from Canberra tonight, with hopes of seeing the bird tomorrow (Monday).
Can anyone please chuck a sickie and have some enjoyable birding time with
Scott? If so, his email address is . Maybe cc to
me at as he's on the road, and I can make sure he
Shoveler a 'No-Show' at Werribee
from [Peter Shute] [Permanent Link][Original]
To: John Tongue <>, Birding-Aus Aus
Subject: Shoveler a 'No-Show' at Werribee
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 10:03:22 +1000
Still in the same location close to gate 6 at 10am today.
Sent from my iPhone
On 18/05/2013, at 5:31 PM, "Peter Shute" <> wrote:
> 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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