Lake Wallace 25/1/02

Subject: Lake Wallace 25/1/02
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 11:49:50 +1100
Hi Birders,

I decided to blow away the Friday afternoon cobwebs with a wander around
the muddy edges of Lake Wallace (at Wallerawang, in the NSW central
tablelands). The water level is much lower than the last time I visited a
few weeks ago, creating quite large expanses of mud and shallow water
around the edges, ideal for crakes etc. I got good views of two Spotted
Crakes and two beautiful little Baillion's Crakes - the Baillion's were at
opposite ends of the lake and both were extremely confiding, feeding out in
the open while allowing me to approach very closely without concern. There
was no sign of the Buff-banded Rails. There were also 3 Black-winged
Stilts, 3 Red-kneed Dotterels, a pair of Black-fronted Dotterel with a
small chick running along behind them, Latham's Snipe, and all the usual
waterbirds including Hoary-headed and Great Crested Grebes. The reedbeds
were a hive of activity and song, full of Clamorous Reed-Warblers, Little &
Tawny Grassbirds, and Golden-headed Cisticolas. Well worth a visit at the


Carol Probets
Blue Mountains, NSW

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