Russell Woodford <>
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:53:49 +1100
Bill Stent and I abandoned plans to drive to Lake Tutchewop today because
the Dowitcher hadn't been seen for a couple of days. Of course, that
ensured it returned to its original spot. I hope the dozens, if not
hundreds, of birders who saw it today will appreciate our sacrifice.
Nevertheless, we had a fantastic day at The Farm (Western Treatment Plant
near Werribee). Highlights included:
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (adult and an immature, prob. 3rd or 4th yr)
At least 8 Aust Spotted Crakes
Baillon's Crake (1 or 2)
Great Crested Grebes in several locations
Banded Stilts in many locations
The Godwit has been reported from T-Section 7 for a couple of weeks. It
likes to hang out in the middle of the Stilts and Avocets. There was a
single Pacific Golden Plover in the same lagoon.
Bill took lots of photos and he has posted a few on the Facebook Vic
Birders' group. I know some readers are cautious about using Facebook, and
yes, the ads get a bit annoying, but it's a great place to see what's
trending in the birding world - and you can always watch / read and never
post if you are worried about privacy. Most of us don't get all our news
from one TV channel or one newspaper, and it's like that in birding, with
Facebook, Eremaea Birdline, eBird, Birding-Aus and other forums each
providing something a little different.
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