Pratincole at Werribee TP

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Subject: Pratincole at Werribee TP
From: "Mules, Michael" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2003 15:27:59 +1000
Went down to Werribee this morning and spent 3 hours looking for the Northern Shoveller, with no success.  I concentrated on the Summer, T-Section, Western and Austin Rd. Lagoons.  Plenty of Australasian Shoveller, Pink-eared Duck and Chestnut Teal, and a few Freckled Duck. 
The highlight, however was a pair of Oriental Pratincole flying around the T-section Lagoons.  At the time I thought they were Australian, and made comment to Will Steele (Melbourne Water employee I was going around the lagoon with) about the bib markings on the throat.  Also, their forked tails were a very noticeable feature.  But in typing this, I thought I'd double check the books, and it appears I saw Oriental Pratincole instead!  Not exactly what I was expecting, but there you go.
For my own peace of mind, has anyone else seen them? Or have I just misidentified a pair of Australian Pratincole (although I'm fairly certain I haven't)

Michael Mules

Carey Baptist Grammar School
Kew Campus
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