Lake Wendouree - Ballarat Vic

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Subject: Lake Wendouree - Ballarat Vic
From: "John Harris" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 14:46:25 +1000
Dear All
I was planning a camping trip up to the box-ironbark forest around maryborough 
over the weekend but once up there, the rain didn't stop so I headed for the 
relative comfort of my mum's house (pardon the pun!!) in Ballarat.

I caught up with my long-time friend Helen O'Donnell and she mentioned that 
both Freckled Duck and Grey Teal were both on the Lake in good numbers.  I 
headed up there yesterday morning and amid the mist saw hundreds of Grey Teal 
and around 200 Freckled Duck.  I believe that there were about 2000 Grey Teal 
and 370 Freckled Duck counted recently by Roger Thomas, the local nature writer 
for the Ballarat Courier and BOCA member.

There were ducks galore with nearly all southern species except Mountain and 
Musk Ducks observed.

Another interesting sight was a partially leucistic Purple Swamphen, which had 
me guessing for a moment or two when I first glimpsed it.

Birds seen:
Freckled Duck       200+
Grey Teal             1500- 2000
Chestnut Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Shoveler
Wood Duck
Blue-billed Duck
Domestic Duck
Pink-eared Duck
Black Swan
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Lt Pied Cormorant
Great Egret
White Ibis
Masked Lapwing
Lt Grassbird
Aust Magpie
Lt Raven
White-browed Scrubwren
Brown Thornbill
Aust Grebe
Crimson Rosella
Silver Gull
Eurasian Coot
House Sparrow
Common Starling
Red Wattlebird

Yours in all things "green"


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

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