Banded Stilts in Geelong

Subject: Banded Stilts in Geelong
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 02:03:32 +0800
Hi all

It looks like we're having a bigger than usual influx of Banded Stilts. Sat 6th I had a look at Moolap Saltworks from Portarlington Rd, just past the Geelong Botanical Gardens/Eastern Park (it is no longer permissable to enter the saltworks without rather complicated prior arrangements). Just after the Animal Health Lab turnoff there is a small brick building (a power transformer or something???) - the pond beside this held over 50 Banded Stilts, plus a few Black-winged. Closer to the Animal Health entrance there were well over 100 Banded, a few dozen Black-winged, plus 20 or so Red-necked Avocets. As far as I could see over these ponds, Banded Stilts were by far the most numerous of these 3 species- unusual for here. One group of 48 Bandeds were nearly all "white" birds (i.e. breast band very pale or not visible) with only 5 or 6 "banded" birds. Is this usual at this time of year?


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