Looking down on the Lagoon

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Subject: Looking down on the Lagoon
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 03:10:59 +0000
During a break in the showers at lunchtime I took myself out to look down into Foxlow Lagoon to see how the birds were reacting to the drier weather of recent weeks.  There were more waterbirds present than on my last several visits.  Notable were 30 Eurasian Coots and several each of Chestnut and Grey Teal and Pacific Black Duck with each of the duck species having recently fledged young (aka fluffballs).  A male Musk Duck was shovelling water but I couldn't see the object of his activity.

I also saw a Dusky Moorhen on the Lagoon and, as I got back towards home, a Swamphen ran across Briars Sharrow Rd at the Molonglo crossing: both these species are rather uncommonly reported out here.

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