Glossy Ibis in sw Victoria

Subject: Glossy Ibis in sw Victoria
From: Steve <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 19:29:20 +1100
G'day all

I braved a bleak, sleaty afternoon to try out my new scope (one of those
little Kowas) at a couple of local wetlands.  Bryans Swamp has always
been frustrating - full of birds but hard to see due to the size of the
lake and the lack of decent vantage points.  I didn't need the scope to
see the best birds of the day - a flock of 6 Glossy Ibis flying over.
These were the first I'd seen in sw Victoria.

Tons of ducks, herons etc. at Bryan Swamp (southern end of the Victoria
Valley in the Grampians) and at the nearby Freshwater Lake.  This latter
wetland has only recently had significant water and is now full to the

SW Victoria is totally sodden at present and the herons are loving it -
esp White-necked Herons which seem to be everywhere.  One paddock near
Bryan Swamp had 12 WNH's, 7 Yellow-billed Spoonbills, several
White-faced Herons and a few each of the two common Ibis.

For those interested - the scope (Kowa TS 501 zoom) is a little ripper!


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria

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