kelly's this morning

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Subject: kelly's this morning
From: Elizabeth Compston <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:31:53 +1100

Interesting at Kelly's this morning. e only planned to stay a few minutes to check on the water level. It is low. And then we stayed an hour.

First of all a royal spoonbill flew in. I was very pleased to see it because it meant that, in parts of the swamp, the water was deep enough for it to feed. Maybe the pair that sat on the eggs for 30 days would have found enough for the chicks to eat. Then, from Cygnus hide we saw an Australian spotted crake, a very good view, to the right of the spoonbill tree Three black fronted dotterals, one significantly bigger than the other two. Parent with chicks? Five masked plovers, and then a straw necked ibis flew in . Already four sacred ibisies were there
Six gold finches
Other small birds, but no Australian native hens
We last saw 2 native hens at Kelly's on December 29th. Has anyone seen any anywhere since then?
Tow purple swamp hens, on nests, from Bittern hide

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