OBP - Werribee T-section today

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Subject: OBP - Werribee T-section today
From: "Simon Mustoe" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 20:18:13 +1000
Myself and Nathan Waugh, commiserating a cancelled PF pelagic, went to Werribee in search of the OBP that has so far eluded us both on so many occasions.
This was not to be one of those occasion! Finally, great views.
We arrived at the T-section lagoons at about 4:30pm and immediately a flock of about 7 Neophemas flew over, landing a short distance away. We walked over slowly and scoped blue-wings feeding on the path. After a period of sifting through these birds, mostly out in the open, another smaller and bright green bird appeared, sporting a nice orange belly, turquoise wing patches and a pale blue tail, green rump. It was also wearing an aqua green ring on the left leg, and a navy blue ring on the right leg.
The birds were mostly out in the open on a heavily weedy area of path, appearing to be feeding mainly on a species of goosefoot (Cheopodium).
Also at the spit, a single Australian Spotted Crake, Buff-banded Rail and imm male Flame Robin - but no spotless crake. Tide was still quite high, so searching was difficult.
Earlier in the day, a brief search for blue whales off Barwon Heads proved fruitless (good onya for staying with your painting Maarten).
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