Pec Sand and Ruff: Woodlands Industrial Estate Lakes

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Subject: Pec Sand and Ruff: Woodlands Industrial Estate Lakes
From: "Simon Hotmail" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 17:58:59 +1100
Thanks to Mike for posting details of his sightings yesterday, I went down to have a look at Woodlands Industrial Estate today and found both the Ruff and Pectoral Sandpiper still there. Viewing however was more difficult than I had hoped for. Almost all the sharpies were on islands on the centre lake rather than on the flash behind the lakes. Heat haze was quite a problem and the birds were mainly sitting amongst vegetation. The Ruff (reeve) was initially feeding on the edge of the northern most lake before it flushed to one of the islands with the sharpies. The Pec Sand took a bit of finding as it was with a relatively small flock most easily viewed from the side of the lake nearest the road. It's in good plumage though but getting a lot of attention from a sharpie. Not sure if these were aggressive or amorous advances but either way the bird kept bolting back onto the island so was not in view for very long at a time.
Whilst there, two Little Eagles also flew over.
Simon Mustoe
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