Lake Victoria - Point Lonsdale

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Subject: Lake Victoria - Point Lonsdale
From: "Rod Corinaldi" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 21:32:10 +1000
Following several months of low bird activity on Lake Victoria, (possibly due to the consistent extra high water level which fully covered all areas normally used by migratory waders), bird numbers have now greatly increased, particularly since the opening of the duck season.
Today there were in excess of 550 chestnut teal and an all time high for the last couple of years of 160 swans. Other birds of uncommon number were 14 great crested grebes and 11 pelicans. The pelicans seem to be feeding on large schools of very small fish that are teeming in the shallow areas of the full lake.
In all 20 species were observed including a raft of 120 hoary headed grebes, a small flock of 8 greenshanks, 120 red-necked stints, 5 little egrets, 2 royal spoonbills, a surprise sighting of 4 little black cormorants, little pied cormorants. pacific black ducks, 1 black-tailed native hen, masked lap-wings, red-capped plovers, 56 black-winged stilts, 3 banded stilts, 150 silver gulls, many white-fronted chats and superb blue wrens in the undergrowth around the Lake.
Rod Corinaldi
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