Kelly's Swamp and the Fyshwick STW

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Subject: Kelly's Swamp and the Fyshwick STW
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 12:07:58 +1000

Hi all,


I had a quick look around Kelly’s and the STW from about 10- 11 am this morning in preparation for the Birds Australia twitchathon in a couple of weeks. Kelly’s was quiet and not much to be seen apart from the regular coots, swamphens etc. There was one Royal Spoonbill and 3 Pelicans on the swamp proper and a Darter on the bank where the bridge crosses the creek on the bicycle track towards Kingston. The STW were a far better proposition with lots of Pink-eared Ducks, Australasian Shovelers (several males in full plumage), Hardheads and at least two Freckled Ducks (someone before me in the “visitor’s book” recorded three). I only looked at the first four ponds. There was none of the more interesting crakes and rails at either site. I would imagine that when we finally get a prolonged period of hot, dry weather then the edge of Kelly’s could become more attractive to them.


If anyone out there still wants to sponsor the COG team in the twitchathon then send me an email. As I said before it can be for so much per species (eg 10 cents per species = $20 if we get 200 species) or you can just make a one-off donation. All money raised this year goes to the Australian Bird Study Association’s Research fund and amounts over $2 are tax deductible. We will send you an official receipt when we have collected your donation!





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