|Subject:||Birdline Victoria Update -26/8/01|
|From:||Stuart Cooney <>|
|Date:||Mon, 27 Aug 2001 18:49:26 +1000|
Birdline Victoria Update
for the week ending 26/8/01|
It's been a quiet week this week, no doubt as a result of the wet and cold weather, however as the sun came out so did more sightings.
I spent four hours at Edithvale Wetlands on Saturday, with no sighting of the Freckled Ducks, which haven't been seen for nearly a week now. I was content with almost continuous sightings of Blue-billed Ducks and the odd pass by a Swamp Harrier and a Whistling Kite.
A Black Kite was seen at the Werribee Sewage Plant, in the north west corner of the complex near the corner of Flume and Hill Roads, thanks Paul McDonald.
A Black-tailed Native-Hen was seen at the Brighton Golf Course. It could be seen from the corner of Were and Creswick Streets, thanks Michael Norris.
2 Crested Pigeon chicks were reported from a nest in Newstead, along with a Black-shouldered Kite, bird number 79 on the Alexander's block, thanks John Alexander.
3 Common Terns were seen at the rocks at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris, along with a female Musk Duck in the bay beyond the rocks, thanks Alex Farias.
An Osprey was reported in pines at the end of Cliff Road in Shoreham on Monday and Tuesday by Malcolm Legg and Brent Hall, this would be only the 23rd sighting for Victoria, and only the second close to Melbourne, thanks Mike Carter and Martin O'Brien for the sighting records.
A juvenile northern form of a Royal Albatross was seen off Port Fairy on a pelagic trip, thanks Mike Carter.
3 Freckled Ducks were seen from the bird-hide at the Edithvale Wetlands, thanks Joy Knight.
7 Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos were seen flying low over a suburban driveway in Heidelberg Heights, thanks Mark Kliene.
A Freckled Duck was seen at Lake Borrie North, along Paradise Road in the Western Treatment Plant, thanks Debra Saxon-Campbell.
On Rams Island, off French Island, a pair of Caspian Terns were seen and up to 70 Eastern Curlews were in a loose flock over Tortoise Head marsh near Tankerton Jetty, on French Island, also seen was a White-bellied Sea-Eagle, thanks Martin O'Brien.
A pair of Gang-gang Cockatoos were seen on Pleasant Rd, East Hawthorn, thanks Peter Lansley.
A pair of Crested Pigeons were seen in the close vicinity of Melbourne at the Albert Park Golf Course, thanks Bob Cook.
3 Orange-bellied Parrots were seen at the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee, thanks Richard Nowotny.
A Gang Gang Cockatoo was seen flying from Were Street towards the centre of the south section of the Brighton Golf Course, around 94 days at this location, thanks Michael Norris.
A flock of 6 Australian Bustards were in a paddock along Noskes Settlement Road, off Hensley Park Road just north of Hamilton airport which is 12km north of Hamilton, thanks Steve Clark.
4 Masked Woodswallows, 200 White-browed Woodswallows and 150 Swift Parrots were seen feeding on profuse flowering of Yellow Gum, at the Illawarra State Forest (8km west of Stawell), thanks Simon Kennedy.
1 Red-whiskered Bulbul at Wilson Reserve/Chelsworth Park, Ivanhoe, thanks Peter Lansley.
6 to 8 Peaceful Doves in a group at the Nuggerty Ranges near Maldon, thanks John Alexander.
60 Musk Duck on permanent water on Jack Smith Lake east, thanks Duncan Fraser.
An Australasian Bittern was seen at Belmont Common and another flushed at Reedy Lake in Geelong, thanks Giles Daubeney.
Australasian Bitterns are regularly being seen from the bird-hide at the Edithvale Wetlands on Edithvale Road, one was seen flying south across the wetlands on Saturday.
7 Glossy Ibis were seen with a pair of Swans on the northern pond on Paradise Road, near the small walkway at the Western Treatment Plant.
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