Favourite Sewage Farms + Criteria?

To: Tom Tarrant <>, Bob Cook <>
Subject: Favourite Sewage Farms + Criteria?
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 13:42:13 +1000 (EST)

  After all these responses I trust you have some criteria for some kind of a 
ranking system? High on my criteria would be numbers of birds, diversity of 
species and unusual species. Accessibility is also relevant. Perhaps the 
smell-factor could rate a mention?

  But on these criteria (and keeping in mind I've never been to any of the 
Victorian 'hotponds') I would have to vote for the two Darwin STW's - Leanyer 
and Palmerston. Leanyer has each of the three birding criteria sewn up, with 
1000's of waterbirds, a good mixture of species including things like 
Yellow-rumped Mannikin and Bush Hen available near the front the gate and seems 
to be a regular place for dozens of Yellow Wags as well as Little Ringed 
Plovers, Garganey, also Red-rumped Swallow has been seen there along with good 
waders. It's accessible enough (i.e. not impossible) and rates on stink-list.

  In my experience Palmerston was a great place to go see White-browed Crakes 
foraging like Jacanas on the very odourful sludgy film (charming) and the 
fringing mangroves were a great spot for things like Little Kingfisher, 
Mangrove Robin etc. Access is easy on a dodgy dirt track.

  I think both have salty crocs, I saw quite a few in Leanyer at least.


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