This week in Geelong

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Subject: This week in Geelong
From: "Richard Dilena" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001 22:27:56 +1100
After what seems some months since getting out for a bit of a look around, the last couple of days have been interesting.
On Sunday morning, wandered around the west side of Swan Bay with a group from the Friends of Mud Islands.  Lots of waders - Red-necked Stints 1000+, Golden Plover 36, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper 250+, Curlew Sandpiper 7, Bar-tailed Godwits 50+, Eastern Curlew 76, Red-capped Plover 1, Double-banded Plover 1, Pied Oystercatcher 1.  Saw many large groups in the distance but could not ID.
Whilst chatting with the group, one of the members told me about her recent experience at Edwards Point watching two Swamp Harriers.  She first noticed them flying close together and each taking it in turns to dive to the ground.  As she was some distance away, she moved in for a better look, and was able to see that they seemed to be "playing" with something small and white.  The harriers would pick up the object from the ground, rise some distance, then drop the object again.  Apparently this went on for 10 minutes or so.  Finally the two harriers stopped and flew away.  Curiosity burning, she went out on to the open area to see what they had been playing with.  Turned out to be a golf ball!  That evening she showed her husband the ball and to her great surprise and his, turned out to be one of his lost some months ago.
Finally, out on Corio Bay on Sunday afternoon, two White-throated Needletails and yesterday Black Falcon near Matthews Rd Corio flying low over the compost yard at the wool scouring plant.
Richard Dilena
Ocean Grove
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