Western Treatment Plant Werribee Victoria

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Subject: Western Treatment Plant Werribee Victoria
From: Shirley Cameron <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 19:34:07 +1000

At last the wind has stopped blowing and it was most pleasant in the sunshine at the Treatment Plant today.

It was exciting to see the Golden Plover back in their usual spot at Kirk Point; I think there are 11.  Two have orange leg bands so I can only assume they were tagged in December 2001.  Again I assume they are the same birds that also returned last year.

Further east just after to mouth of Little River were two Ruddy Turnstones, my first sighting of them this season.  They seem to appear on the rocks there each year and then later go to Kirk Point. 

There were massed scenes of waders all along the coast; thus far I have only identified Red-necked Stints, Curlew and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers all in substantial numbers.

The Avocets have again returned to the Borrow Pit. 

There were plenty of Pink-eared Duck on Lake Borrie, Hardheads and Shelduck were also about, didn’t see Freckled Duck today.

The swans with the two cygnets on the Conservation Pond could not be found, this happened last year, maybe the many Swamp Harriers have to eat something!  On  the lagoons near the Bird Hide there were twos swan with cygnets.

There is enormous amount of construction going on at the Plant, I only hope the changes in the treatment of sewerage and storm water does not effect the rich environment that supports so many birds.    


Shirley Cameron


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