Sharpies at WTP, Melbourne

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Subject: Sharpies at WTP, Melbourne
From: Jennifer Spry <>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2003 20:56:53 +1000
Hi all,

Following up on John Barkla's report on Sunday at the WTP I did see a
small flock of Sharpies yesterday. I arrived at 10:00 am and went down
to the Paradise Rd Ponds. The Glossy Ibis were very nervous in the wind
and moved between the western end of the ponds and the the northern
edge. Two Cape Barron Geese were feeding back from the ponds and the
Double-banded Plover were working the northern edge of the eastern pond.
Just to their east for about ten minutes was a small flock of Sharpies
numbering approximately 20 birds. They finally left flying east toward
the conservation lagoons, although I did not go that far looking for

I stopped for the Martins too, and the swallows hovering like dragon
flies in the wind, along the beach road at Lake Borrie South but it was
not until I was driving out Paradise Road, between the west end of the
ponds and the first gate, that I saw one wich made me stop. It was
showing a pale head in the weak sunlight and after a good view in the
binoculars I marked it off as a Fairy. I did not even know it should not
be here yet!

It was also nice to spend some time watching a Buff-banded Rail just
below the ford on the Little River and I too heard about the Bitterns
but did not go looking for them. The highlight of my day was to finaly
find an Orange-bellied Parrot on the track between Lake Borrie south and
the Bay. I had to sit and wait for for an hour but finally, there it
was, an adult, just ahead of me on the right side of the track as I
started to drive off after I had given up staring at the empty bushes
where I had been told they were feeding on Saturday.

Jennifer Spry

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