Recent observations

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Subject: Recent observations
From: "John Harris" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 09:58:09 +1000
Dear All
Just a quick note about a trip to ballarat on monday and tuesday.

As i was approaching Melton, from Taylor's Lakes, a Spotted Harrier flew across 
the road in front of me.  I observed the bird for about 15 minutes near the Mt 
Cotterel intersection, eventually getting a couple of photos of it.

In Ballarat yesterday, I spent about an hour at one of my favourite haunts - 
Lake Wendouree.  With the water level well done and plenty of mud I observed 38 
species.  The more notable ones were Red-kneed Dotterel (1), Australian 
Shoveler (60+), Black-fronted Dotterel (12), Swamp Harrier, Darter (1), Brown 
Goshawk (1), Chestnut Teal (3 males at least), a number of Blue-billed Ducks 
and all the usuals - ducks, swans, waterbirds and a pelican.

The lake never fails to turn up something, if only slightly unusual, and is 
well worth the time if you are up that way or just passing through.


John Harris
Environmental Education Officer
Donvale Christian College
155 Tindals Rd Donvale 3111
03 9844 2471
0409 090 955

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