W.T.P Werribee Victoria

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Subject: W.T.P Werribee Victoria
From: "Shirley Cameron" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 18:13:26 +1100
It seems a while since anyone has reported on the W.T.P.
The deluge in February has changes some of the coast line and I think this has either confused me in finding the birds or has confused the roosting habits of the birds.
We had a most interesting trip there today in cool weather and very interesting light. The omens seemed good when a couple of Peregrine?, they seemed too big for Hobbys, whizzed by.  The water was gun-metal grey and that highlighted the colors of some of the birds, in particular the Pink-eared Duck, the stripes were very sharp.
We started at the Conservation Lagoons, there were a few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers in breeding plumage about but not much else, the 2nd Lagoon was quite empty and very dry. Onto the Borrow Pits and there were many Red-kneed dotterel, a few Black-winged Stilts and many Whistling Kite.  On the top lagoons the Musk duck were still putting on a great show with water flicking and very aggressive behavior.  Plenty of Teal, Pacific Black and Hard-heads.  We added Black-shouldered Kite and Brown Falcon to the list .
Has anyone seen any birds roosting on the strange poles on South Road?  
 Welcome Swallows and Fairy Martins were hanging around a couple of the culverts.  
Around to the mouth of the Little River, the little drive-in area has changed, the sand-bars do not seem as attractive to the birds.  Although the tide was out there did not appear to be very many birds in front of the Bird-hide. 
Around past Walsh's Lagoon, again packed with swans, many duck and some Red-necked stints, Sharp tails and a couple of Curlew Sandpipers not showing breeding plumage. There were few Godwits in great breeding plumage, I think they were all Black-tailed.
At Paradise Road Lagoons there were Red-necked Avocet, Cape Barren Geese, lots of Pink-ears, Shovelers,Teal.  There are now  a small number of  Shelduck about and  there was one solitary Glossy Ibis.
Around Lake Borrie,no Freckled Duck,but  the other species of ducks  were in their thousands. Onto the little cove about 100meteres  east of the gate to the little rocky inlet; we saw many Red-necked Stints  and more Sharpies.  No Knots!
After doing battle with that wretched lock at the gate onto Beach Road our trip to Kirk Point was rewarded by the numerous Golden Plover in fabulous breeding plumage, they  were sitting on the rocks with a few Common Tern, Pacific Gulls, and Crested Tern, by now we had Little Pied and Pied, Little Black and Black Cormorants to our list.
 A quick look at Murtcaim. we saw more Sharp Tailed Sandpipers, Red-necked stints on the 3rd lagoon in the  T-section  and a few Common Greenshanks, Yellow-billed Spoonbills and  more swans.
Unfortunately we did not have as much time  as we would liked but Cisticola, Chats,  pelicans, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Swamp hens, coots and plenty of Hoary-headed Grebe and the other  usual birds, this  meant we had a wonderful morning.     
Shirley Cameron
03  9741 2997

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