Pt Cook - a crake paradise

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Subject: Pt Cook - a crake paradise
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 11:40:40 +1100
Hi all, 

I've just had a great day birding down at Spectacle Lake (Point Cook,
Vic), specifically around the bird hide (19 Nov 01). Water levels are
extremely high, for example the great little wetland between the hide
and the car park is full, and the bird hide was completely waterlogged.

On a beautifully sunny afternoon I was absolutely thrilled by the large
number of Australian Spotted Crake. There are literally dozens of birds!
(40+) I sat down to lunch on the path just before the hide and within
five minutes I was surrounded by prodding crake. Also present were
Buff-banded Rail, Black-tailed Native Hen, and on the lake itself
Blue-billed Duck and Hardhead. 

A particular good spot was on the far side of the lake - along the
Point Cook Homestead road. Looking extremely beautiful in the afternoon
sun, ducks and swans with young crossed between water on one side of the
road to the other. Nearby Crake, Red-Kneed Plover and Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper harassed each other for the best spot in the mud. 


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