I spend several hours searching for Orange-bellied parrots on the weekend to
I focused on 4 main areas, Western Treatment Plant (from Werribee South to
Spit WR), Lake Connewarre (North of the lake) and attempted to enter Swan
Island but was stopped.
I should have done some more research about permits for Swan Is. I followed
the advice of John Bransbury?s ?Where to find birds? but the guard would not
budge. In hindsight this was a big positive given the predicament of this bird.
What I did see close to the Spit Wildlife Reserve were three Foxes and dozens
At Lake Connewarre I was surprised that I could get within metres of waders
(at the very north-east corner).
Some of the birds seen included:
Double-banded Plover (WTP)
Pied Oystercatcher (WTP, many banded)
Brown Falcon (WTP)
European Goldfinches (WTP, Spit WR, hundreds)
Double-banded Plover (Spit WR and Lake Connewarre)
Red-capped Plover (Lake Connewarre)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Lake Connewarre, new bird for me).
Pacific Gull (WTP, new bird for me)
Great Egret (WTP)
Red-necked Stint (Lake Connewarre)
Black-shouldered Kite (WTP)
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Lake Connewarre)
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo (Melbourne Botanical Gardens)
Bell Miner (Melbourne Botanical Gardens)
Song Thrush (Melbourne Botanical Gardens, new sighting for Australia for me.
Seen however about 1 month ago in Holland Park, London)!
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