Re: Sightings around Geelong and Port Philip Bay

To: "Birdline Victoria" <>
Subject: Re: Sightings around Geelong and Port Philip Bay
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 13:05:05 +1100


Sacred Kingfisher  - Fyansford on Barwon River


Little Egret - Avalon Beach Salt Pits

2 X Brown Songlarks, 1 X Singing Bushlark  - Avalon Airport - Dandos Road

2 X Black Tailed Native Hens  - Barrow Pits, WTP.

Juvenile White Bellied Seaeagle - Conservation Lagoons, WTP.

Attention WTPer's:  Over the last couple of months, dating back to when the Ruff was at the Paradise Lagoons, there has been a lone 'Black Tailed Godwit' hanging around with Black winged Stilts in the Paradise Lagoons.  I found this odd, since there were  20-30   Black Tailed Godwits in the Barrow Pits at the time, and yet it prefered to stay at Paradise Lagoons by itself.

I didn't think anymore of it, until i noticed in my field guide that Hudsonian Godwits look nearly identical to Black-Tailed's, but have a different pattern underwing.  If anyone gets the opportunity to observe the bird again, and gets a view of the underwing, it might be worth checking against Hudsonian..a long shot...but hey..
I do have photos of the bird, but not of the underwing. Is there any other markings that distinguish a Hudsonian?

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