O.Pratincole at W.T.P., Werribee, Vic.

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Subject: O.Pratincole at W.T.P., Werribee, Vic.
From: Celia & Russell Browne <>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2003 18:55:04 +1000
Four very happy birdos, Joan Airey, Meryl O'Brien, Anna Watt & myself
today (28th April) were rewarded with stunning views of the 2 Oriental
Pratincoles.  First sighted at 12:30 PM when a brilliant flash of pure
white flew in, we watched them until 2:15 PM.

During that time the 2 birds preened, sat, "bobbed" often, occasionaly
flew a short distance, flew  back again.

Directions:  as Russell W. said, last "permit accessible" gate on the
right off Point Wilson Road.  Drive thru gate a short distance only,
about 250 metres, & look into the red coloured "weedy stuff" growing on
strips of sand/earth in the large lagoon on your left.  In the distance
you should be able to see a road sign on Point Wilson Road & the central
small "bunker" type building.

If you come to a left hand intersection, then you've gone too far.
Note: this is NOT
Austin Road as Russell thought  but I'm informed is called the

Weather conditions were excellent, very still, calm, warm, the sun was
behind us & we ate lunch, sitting on chairs with our scopes trained on
the two beautiful birds.

A rewarding day's birding & a big "tick" too.    Celia M. Browne

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