WT Nightjar

Subject: WT Nightjar
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 18:45:58 +1000
I passed through nightjar alley en velo this afternoon and paused for about 30 minutes traipsing through the bare/rocky areas.  I didn't spot the bird but did get curious looks for the folk wandering hand-in-hand along the walking tracks.  What they would have thought about Monday's congregation of spotlights is a matter for some conjecture.
My objective was to see what was on the sewage ponds.  Basically the usual suspects, although I was interested to see blue-billed ducks on 4 (4,6, 2 and 3) of the 7 ponds.  A singe Royal spoonbill was lurking in the billabong in the turf farm and 25 straw-necked ibis were patrolling the turf farm, checking closely on the areas being harvested - presumably it saves a lot of effort if the grass and topsoil are removed from the prey layer.

On 3/27/07, <m("","fantram");"> > wrote:
Six intrepid nightjarrers had no success tonight :(  I think the bird has
had the good sense to move to warmer climes.  I might try one more time,
but it won't be before the weekend.


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