Fyshwick treatment works - a goodly lot 11.30am to 1pm

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Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:09:12 +1000

Fyshwich Treatment Works – 11.30am to 1pm.


A glorious sunny morning at the works – not a lot to see at first, but after loitering, eventually, I was very happy with the results.

Best of all – 2 Little Eagles.


In order of appeance:

1 Golden Cisticola – quite a racket in the grassed area near the entry gate

Clamouous Reed Warblers – lots heard and a few seen

Eurasian Cootes (approx 16)

Australasian Grebes (approx 8)

Superb Wrens

Purple Swamp Hens (approx 6)

Dusky Moorhen 4

Hardhead male and female

Blue-billed Duck – 1 male


Little Eagles – the first was perched at the top of the tall tree located at the end of the path going down between the ponds – this pale morph was whitish underneath with dark wings touched with pale markings on the surface – strong beak and muddy markings around the face and head – crown upraised on movement.  The bird eventually stood up and flapped it’s powerful body fully in anticipation of the arrival of another bird from distant Fyshwick.  In the air the tails was squared off with a slight curve and the underwings were as described as in Pizzey.  The second bird did not land but appeared to be darker underwing than the first (not a lot of time to observe this one).  Both birds circled around and gradually rose higher to circle high beneath the sun.  They then moved off towards the airport.


Rufous Whistler – male and female in trees along the road towards the wetlands

Pacific Black Duck (approx 8 – one young looking)

Grey Fantail

Brown Songlark  from sight and flight (female I think – near the car park)


Prior to the ‘Works’ a Grey Butcherbird at Faribairn Golf Course.


Jean Casburn

23 September 2010



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