Red-necked Phalarope @ Seaford, Vic.

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope @ Seaford, Vic.
From: "P S Lansley" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2005 20:38:09 +1100
Hi all,
the red-necked phalarope reported earlier today at Seaford Swamp, 35 km SE of 
Melbourne CBD, was still there at 18:25 h EDST. Apparently it had been hard to 
find, perhaps because of a blustery change passing through early afternoon. Two 
people have reportedly dipped since Mike Carter's visit.
I found the bird in the north-eastern part of the swamp. It would be most 
easily accessed from the east side, parking at the end of Armstrongs Road off 
Wells Rd, then walking due west to the waters' edge across Juncus acutus (sharp 
rushes) then walking north along the eastern edge of the wetland, scanning all 
open areas of water, especially nearshore areas. Be prepared to get your feet 
wet even if wearing gumboots, water depth was around 20-25 cm in the lagoon. 
The bird spent a short time preening at the end of my visit, but most time it 
was swimming,  characteristically actively.
Also present, 1 Aust. Spotted Crake and 1 Common Greenshank, both not seen 
earlier by Sean and Andrew.

Cheerio. Peter.
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