Observations round SE Melbourne this week

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Subject: Observations round SE Melbourne this week
From: "J G KROHN" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 22:42:53 +1100
Evening all.

Last Saturday night a Tawny Frogmouth perched on the cricket club pavilion
TV antenna while the crowd inside loudly celebrated the winner of the season
best and fairest vote count.  They've been around Glen Iris several times in
the past eighteen months, after an absence of over thirty years.  I stopped
at the lakeside picnic area at the Mount Eliza Regional Park on Monday
afternoon, where there were two Australasian Grebes, several Dusky Moorhens,
several Purple Swamphens (including large but still downy chicks), Black
Ducks, Mallards and three Black-fronted Dotterels, including an immature
with a faint, smeary breastband.  Its bill was black with a dull reddish
base, as opposed to the adults' much brighter red, black-tipped bills.  The
immature's bill also looked distinctly shorter than its (presumed) parents'.

I stopped next to Westall Road extension later on Monday, where the sump
that captures run-off from the completed landfill is close to the road.  It
carried about a dozen Black-winged Stilts, including several immatures,
about a dozen Black-fronted Dotterels and what looked from a very brief
glimpse before they dived into the scrub out of sight to be a pair of
Black-tailed Native-hens.  Also Grey Teal and Masked Lapwings.

Enjoy the weekend - good birding.  Maybe some Needletails with tomorrow's
cool change?  Maybe even some actual rain??


    Jack Krohn

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