Re: birding-aus Banyule Wetland

Subject: Re: birding-aus Banyule Wetland
From: "Timothy Nye Dolby" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 12:15:57 +1000
Over the weekend I re-visited Banyule Wetlands, Melbourne - 
and the bird list was impressive: 

Baillon's Crake (10)
Spotted Crake (1)
Latham's Snipe (8)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1)
Black-winged Stilt (4)
Black-fronted Dotteral (5)
Hardhead (3)
Wood Duck (12)
Chesnut Teal (12)
Black Duck (30)
Hyprid Black/Mallard (1) (cream colour)
Cattle Egret (8)
White Faced Heron (4)
Purple Swamphen (20)
Coot (25)
Moorhen (10)
Pied Cormorant (4)

Around the edge there were also Corella, White Cockatoo, 
Galah, Red-rumped Parrot, Rainbow, Eastern and Crimson 
Rosella, Red-browed Finch, Superb Blue Wren, Greenies, New 
Holland H, Golden Whistler, Grey Thrush, Grey Butcherbird 
(in full song), Fairy Martin, Kookaburra, Dusky Woodswallow 
and Welcome Swallow - as well as a number of very green 
Green Finch. 

(Out of interest - how many people saw Crake in the 
twitchathon? Are they the sort of bird that are not worth
the time and effort to secure?)

All the best, 


> From:          
> Date:          Mon, 25 Oct 1999 03:44:01 +1000
> To:            
> Subject:       birding-aus Banyule Wetland

> Over the last year Banyule council have strengthened the protection
> afforded to the local wetland (in the northern suburbs of Melbourne) by
> fencing off areas. They have also followed a suggestion (apparently due to
> Fred Smith) to flood a large low grassy area by sealing a creek which would
> otherwise drain the area. The results seem encouraging. 
> I haven't birded here for a few months but this morning saw what I think
> are results of these conservation efforts: Bailon's crake (5) at various
> points around the now enlarged area, spotless crake (1), black-fronted
> dotteral (8), black-winged stilts (4) and most common urban ducks
> (including hardhead)and other waterfowl.
> I have not seen Bailon's or spotless crakes at this location before
> (although I have seen spotted crakes and both Lewin's and the buff-banded
> rail). Interestingly there were also sharp-tailed sandpipers (4) on the
> muddy perimeter of the billabong this morning. I can't remember seeing
> these here before either. They were foraging in mud with starlings!
> A second pair of frogmouths with two near fully fledged chicks are resident
> in a eucalypt by the main carpark. The long-time resident pair near the
> bridge remain with chicks.
> There are plenty of negative habitat destruction stories around -- the
> Banyule story seems positive.
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