Braeside day out

Subject: Braeside day out
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 12:37:26 +1000
Hi all,

Like a phoenix from the ashes (or however the saying goes) yet again 
the Monash Biological society has been ressurected and we have 
recommenced our birdwatching trips. Our first for the year was 
last Saturday 15th April and we went to Braeside Park, south of 
Melbourne. We had beautiful weather, a good turnout, and lots of 
birds (see list below). The only downside for the day was on the way 
to the bird hide, we saw a pelican hit by an aeroplane coming from 
Moorabin Airport. We watched as it spiralled down and hit the ground 
(the pelican, not the plane). We weren't sure if it was still alive, 
so we fanned out and searched the grasslands where it had landed. We 
found it still breathing but unconscious, so a couple of us went to 
find a ranger. By the time we got back it was dead, so the ranger 
took the bird for stuffing. So if a new stuffed pelican appears at 
the Braeside Park info centre, you'll now know the full story!

Here's our list (kind of but not quite in taxonomic order)

Black Swan
Aust Pelican
Magpie Goose
Cormorant (Little Pied? very far away)
Rail/Crake (only got a glimpse, but possibly Buff-banded)
Dusky Moorhen
White-faced Heron
Sacred Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Aust Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
masked Lapwing
Black-fronted Dotteral
nankeen Kestrel?
Crested Pigeon
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Fairy-wren
Brown Thornbill
Red wattlebird
Little Wattlebird
Noisy Miner
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Australian Magpie
Grey Butcherbird
Little Raven
Golden-headed Cisticola
Common Blackbird
Common Starling
Common Myna
Lainie Berry and Merrilyn Serong

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