Report: Western Treatment Complex, Werribee, Victoria

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Subject: Report: Western Treatment Complex, Werribee, Victoria
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 15:15:48 +1000
I spent a few hours at Werribee today, making sure I could negotiate the
new road/gate regime there on Twitchathon weekend.  Much to my relief,
access is still pretty straight forward - particularly if coming in from
the west end as a few Twitchathon teams are likely to do.  I came in
through the gate to Lake Borrie near Kirk Point, and then navigated
around the lake, Paradise Road lagoons and Conservation Ponds, before
exiting on to 29 Mile Road and then the Geelong-Melbourne Road.  Easy -
but don't try it without a key!!

The weather was appalling.  Just as I arrived at the farm, the cool
change forecast for the afternoon arrived early.  Gusty cold winds and
frequent heavy showers were the order of the day thereafter, until I
left about 1:45pm.  Despite that, I racked up about 65 species in about
2 hours.  The Brown Falcons I saw were unbanded, and the Banded Stilts I
saw were too deep in the water to tell (but there were 3 - 2 adults & 1

List follows as BirdInfo survey form:


Fref: WERRIBE25  Obs: 7808   Dates: 10/10/2000 -   /  /     Site:
Survey: A5KM Time: 120  Area: 2500
Visited Kirk Point, Murtcaim, Lake Borrie, Little River mouth, Paradise
Road and Conservation Ponds.  The weather was appalling - a cool change
arriving just as I did, with gusty winds and frequent heavy showers.

Country:   36.030 Locality: Western Treatment Complex, Werribee,
Habitat:                 C1/2:   /
Lat: 37 59 59 S Long: 144 33 55 E A Accuracy: 500 Altitude:         LR:
Lat/long is for Paradise Road lagoons.

CODE--- Count Age S St Br T R Species
 8034.0                   S   Straw-necked Ibis
 8033.0                   S   Australian White Ibis
 8277.0                   S   Australian Magpie
 8255.0                   S   Little Raven
 8404.0                   S   Willie Wagtail
 8362.0                   S   Yellow-rumped Thornbill
 8551.0                   S   Red-browed Finch
  315.1                   S   Spotted Turtle-Dove
  493.0                   S   Common Starling
 8312.0 1                 S   Brown Songlark
                                Off Farm Road.
  473.0                   S   Skylark
  688.2                   S   House Sparrow
 8121.0                   S   Pacific Gull
 8122.1                   S   Silver Gull
 2262.0                   S   Whiskered Tern
 8059.0                   S   Whistling Kite
 8286.0                   S   Magpie-lark
  119.0                   S   Great Cormorant
 8023.0                   S   Pied Cormorant
 3004.0                   S   Little Pied Cormorant
 3003.0                   S   Little Black Cormorant
   74.1                   S   Little Tern
 8250.0                   S   Welcome Swallow
 8249.0                   S   Fairy Martin
 2255.0                   S   Crested Tern
 8007.0                   S   Hoary-headed Grebe
 8461.1                   S   Australasian(Richard's) Pipit
 3594.0                   S   Golden-headed Cisticola
 8047.0 500E              S   Chestnut Teal
 8100.0                   S   Masked Lapwing
 8074.0 1                 H   Stubble Quail
 3024.0 1000E             S   Hardhead
                                Lots of 'em; very twitchy, choosing to
flush & fly all the time which is odd.  In most of the small lagoons
around Lake Borrie.

 3022.1 40E               S   Pacific Black Duck
 8038.0 100E              S   Black Swan
 8022.0                   S   Australian Pelican
 8053.0 4                 S   Blue-billed Duck
 8310.0                   S   Little Grassbird
 8248.0                   S   Tree Martin
 8317.0                   S   Superb Fairy-wren
 8050.0 600E              S   Pink-eared Duck
                                Only a few dozen on Lake Borrie; about
500-600 on Paradise Road lagoons, loafing on banks, some in water.

 8046.1 5                 S   Grey Teal
  220.0 400E              S   Eurasian Coot
 3131.1 40E               S   White-headed Stilt
                                Mostly Paradise road.
 8061.0                   S   Swamp Harrier
 8049.0 100E              S   Australasian Shoveler
                                Mostly on Lake Borrie; a few in Paradise
Road lagoon.

 8042.0 40E               S   Australian Shelduck
 8387.0                   S   White-fronted Chat
 8067.0 2                 S   Brown Falcon
                                Couldn't see bands on either of them
  196.0 2                 S   Great Egret
 8314.1                   S   Australian Reed-Warbler
  252.0 2                 S   Black-tailed Godwit
                                Paradise Road.
  250.0 12                S   Bar-tailed Godwit
                                Paradise Road.
  253.0 15E               S   Common Greenshank
  244.0 10E               S   Curlew Sandpiper
  242.2 40E               S   Red-necked Stint
  238.0 20E               S   Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
 8115.0 3                 S   Banded Stilt
                                2 adults, 1 juvenile (greyish wings, no
frontal band).

 2193.0 2                 S   Purple Swamphen
 3013.0 5                 S   Royal Spoonbill
 8031.0 1                 S   White-faced Heron
 8054.0 20E               S   Musk Duck
                                On Conservation Ponds and in the bay off

 8351.0                   S   Striated Fieldwren
  526.1                   S   European Goldfinch
 8055.1                   S   Black-shouldered Kite
21510.0                   S   Rabbit
21511.0                   S   Brown Hare

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