Hudsonian Godwit and access rights

Subject: Hudsonian Godwit and access rights
From: (John Boyce)
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 08:40:20 +1100
Hi everyone,
just thought I would mention to all those thinking of going out to see the
Godwit at the T sect lagoon that the people who are in charge down there
believe that this is Murtcaim wildlife area and that Werribee pass holders
do not have access rights.  This indeed appears to correspond to the map on
the back of the pass and the signs on the fence.  So is access allowed and
if so how do birdwatchers prove such things to the authorities?  Apparently
there have been complaints about all the birdwatchers in this restricted
area and we were therefore told to leave the area yesterday.  The guy who
kicked us out was very good about it and only kicked us out after we had
seen the Godwit after 31/2 hours standing in pouring rain waiting for it to
move.  Had the luck of watching it with Phil Maher and his friend Steve and
being there when Phil clicked over 700 aus species.  Also picked a few
WWBlack Terns out of the multitude of Whiskered at Werribee at the moment,
and had an Australian Spotted Crake foraging close to where we were
huddling in the rain over the back of the T junction lagoon.
Phil also mentioned that there are Little Bitterns showing themselves
(easily?) at L. Wendouree in Ballarat at the moment.  Any comments on that
Best Wishes
John Boyce

John Boyce
Department of Microbiology
Monash University
Clayton Rd.,
Clayton, 3800.
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