Favourite Sewage Farms

To: Dave Torr <>
Subject: Favourite Sewage Farms
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 08:35:40 +0800
I've only ever visited two Sewage Farms but they deserve mention.

Broome, where one day I thought to myself, "That's a weird looking duck."  I
realised a few minutes later that I was watching an Asian Dowitcher.  Being
close to Roebuck Bay and next to a Golf course you've got a lot of different
environments which attract a good variety of birds.  And thick in the air are
black kites, whistling kites and sea eagles.  The ponds can be easily viewed
from the surrounding road but access into it can be tough.  Last I heard they
required you to wear high visibility gear, great for sneaking up on birds!  I
think there were also plans to build a viewing platform.

Derby.  I actually didn't see as much of Derby sewage works as I'd have liked
to due to inclement weather, but it's been designed for accessibility.

Belinda, Perth

Quoting Dave Torr <>:

> The access thing is a big issue as I hinted in my last post - one that
> Werribee seems to have solved in a reasonable way. Now either they are bein=
> g
> very generous or the other places are being overly cautious - anyone
> (preferably with a legal/insurance background) care to comment on which it
> is? One would like to think that we could pursuade other plants to adopt th=
> e
> Werribee model, but there is always the risk that would backfire!
> On 5/2/06, Simon Blanchflower <> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Sean and birders, my "local" is McGraths Hill near Windsor NSW, howeve=
> r
> > unfortunately its "out of bounds" at present due to council concerns over
> > public liability (or something). I reckon its one of the best places to
> > see
> > Crakes (for its size), for example in one early morning I counted 27
> > Baillons Crakes a couple of years ago! Spotted and Spotless are also
> > reasonabley easy to see here. Must admit though its hard to beat Werribee=
> !
> >
> > Keith or anyone else who's familliar with the you know
> > whether
> > there are any updates on access to McGraths Hill, (I'm sure I saw a birde=
> r
> > there the other day from the road)?
> >
> > Cheers
> > Simon.
> >
> >

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