Brief trip report - Western Treatment Complex, Werribee (Victoria)

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Subject: Brief trip report - Western Treatment Complex, Werribee (Victoria)
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 09:27:54 +1000
Yesterday afternoon a colleague and I had a couple of hours touring around the Western Treatment Complex, Werribee (Victoria) for some work we're doing there. Not really a general birding trip per se, but it's hard to miss them :-)

Highlights for me were the dozen or so Double-banded Plovers on the mudflats at Little River mouth, the Lewin's Rail (heard at South Spit - and the reason for our trip), numerous Spotted Crakes, the customary myriad Pink-eared Ducks on Lake Borrie - and for strangest, the Little Eagle sitting on the mudflats at Little River!

Blue-billed Duck                     Oxyura australis
Musk Duck                            Biziura lobata
Freckled Duck                        Stictonetta naevosa
Black Swan                           Cygnus atratus
Australian Shelduck                  Tadorna tadornoides
Pacific Black Duck                   Anas superciliosa
Australasian Shoveler                Anas rhynchotis
Grey Teal                            Anas gracilis
Chestnut Teal                        Anas castanea
Pink-eared Duck                      Malacorhynchus membranaceus
Hardhead                             Aythya australis
Hoary-headed Grebe                   Poliocephalus poliocephalus
Little Pied Cormorant                Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Pied Cormorant                       Phalacrocorax varius
Little Black Cormorant               Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
Great Cormorant                      Phalacrocorax carbo
Australian Pelican                   Pelecanus conspicillatus
White-faced Heron                    Egretta novaehollandiae
Great Egret                          Ardea alba
Cattle Egret                         Ardea ibis
Australian White Ibis                Threskiornis molucca
Straw-necked Ibis                    Threskiornis spinicollis
Royal Spoonbill                      Platalea regia
Yellow-billed Spoonbill              Platalea flavipes
Black-shouldered Kite                Elanus axillaris
Whistling Kite                       Haliastur sphenurus
Swamp Harrier                        Circus approximans
Brown Goshawk                        Accipiter fasciatus
Little Eagle                         Hieraaetus morphnoides
Brown Falcon                         Falco berigora
Nankeen Kestrel                      Falco cenchroides
Lewin's Rail                         Rallus pectoralis
Australian Spotted Crake             Porzana fluminea
Purple Swamphen                      Porphyrio porphyrio
Eurasian Coot                        Fulica atra
Common Greenshank                    Tringa nebularia
Red-necked Stint                     Calidris ruficollis
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper               Calidris acuminata
Curlew Sandpiper                     Calidris ferruginea
Pied Oystercatcher                   Haematopus longirostris
White-headed Stilt                   Himantopus leucocephalus
Banded Stilt                         Cladorhynchus leucocephalus
Red-capped Plover                    Charadrius ruficapillus
Double-banded Plover                 Charadrius bicinctus
Masked Lapwing                       Vanellus miles
Pacific Gull                         Larus pacificus
Silver Gull                          Larus novaehollandiae
Crested Tern                         Sterna bergii
*Spotted Turtle-Dove                  Streptopelia chinensis
Crested Pigeon                       Ocyphaps lophotes
Galah                                Cacatua roseicapilla
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Striated Fieldwren                   Calamanthus fuliginosus
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Yellow-rumped Thornbill              Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
Red Wattlebird                       Anthochaera carunculata
White-plumed Honeyeater              Lichenostomus penicillatus
White-fronted Chat                   Epthianura albifrons
Magpie-lark                          Grallina cyanoleuca
Willie Wagtail                       Rhipidura leucophrys
Australian Magpie                    Gymnorhina tibicen
Little Raven                         Corvus mellori
*Skylark                              Alauda arvensis
Australian Pipit                     Anthus australis
*House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus
Red-browed Finch                     Neochmia temporalis
*European Goldfinch                   Carduelis carduelis
Welcome Swallow                      Hirundo neoxena
Little Grassbird                     Megalurus gramineus
Golden-headed Cisticola              Cisticola exilis
Silvereye                            Zosterops lateralis
*Common Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
73 species

*Lawrie Conole
*/Senior Ecologist
Ornithology & Terrestrial Ecology
Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
/Flora and Fauna Consultants/
88B Station Street
*FAIRFIELD VIC 3078 Australia*
Ph: (03) 9489 4191; Mob: (0419) 588 993
Fax: (03) 9481 7679
ABN 83 006 757 142

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