Fiordland Penguin and Hudsonian Godwit

Subject: Fiordland Penguin and Hudsonian Godwit
From: allan benson <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 21:35:46 -0800
A big thank you to all the Victorian birders who provided information
and help in our weekend trip to Victoria to see the penguin and godwit-
in particular Gil Langfield, Stuart Cooney and Peter Morrant.

The couple of hours from 10am -12.30 pm at Port Fairy was most
enjoyable. Not only did we see the penguin (after some difficulty as it
was hiding in a hole)and the awesome elephant seal but Sanderling,
Hooded Plover, Black-faced Cormaorant and Striated Fieldwren. While
maybe not particularly exciting for Victorians, these are birds
Sydneysiders don't see very often.

The Hudwit proved a little bit of an ordeal. After arriving at 7.30 pm
and quickly locating the 5 Black-tailed Godwits, we spent till 9pm with
eyes glued to the scopes waiting for the suspect to raise its wings. It
finally obliged as the light was nearly gone. With an icy wind blowing
which both froze the observers and shook the scopes, we felt it was a
tick well earned.

Congratulations to the original observer(s) who identified the godwit.
This was a tribute to your birding skills. 

Allan Benson
8 Sherston Close Niagara Park NSW Australia 
Phone  61-243- 627189

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