birding-aus Hudsonian Godwit near Melbourne

Subject: birding-aus Hudsonian Godwit near Melbourne
From: Gil Langfield <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 18:46:53 +1100
I was at Austin Road Swamp, on the Point Wilson Road, near Melbourne Victoria yesterday to see the Godwit. It raised its wings obligingly a couple of times in the hour I was there and the 10 or so of us present at the time cooed in appreciation.

Hanzab says that in New Zealand, where it is a regular if rare vagrant, it stays around the same place, sometimes for the whole season. So if there any locals who have not seen it, have a try. Please contact me directly for detailed directions.

Why is it more common in NZ than Australia?


Gil Langfield
Melbourne, Australia

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