Capistrano's swallows & Warburton's herons

Subject: Capistrano's swallows & Warburton's herons
From: (Dr Richard Nowotny)
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 08:14:28 +1000
Capistrano has its swallows - Warburton (85 kms east of Melbourne at the
foot of the Divide) has its White-necked Heron(s).
For some years now a single White-necked Heron (? the same one each year)
has been present intermittently during spring/early summer in a wet paddock
alongside the Warburton Highway between Warburton and East Warburton.  It is
the only location bar one where I have seen White-necked Heron in the Upper
Yarra Valley in some 7 years of weekly (work) visits to Warburton.
Last Thursday (27th November) for the first time there was more than 1 bird
present, with 3 Herons in the usual paddock and another in the paddock
immediately opposite across the highway.  Family members??
(The commonly present 1 or 2 White-faced Heron and a less common
Straw-necked Ibis were also present.)
A minor, mid-week, incidental sighting of some interest?

Richard Nowotny

From:  Dr Richard Nowotny
             Melbourne, Australia
             Tel. (w) 61-3-9214.1420

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