Mornington Peninsula, Vic - Hooded Plover update

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Subject: Mornington Peninsula, Vic - Hooded Plover update
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 08:43:13 +1000
Hi all

The agony and the frustrations of being a Hooded Plover observer / monitor are 
once again driving me to despair!

I have been monitoring  the Hooded Plovers on Koonya beach for more than 10 
years and this year am providing breeding record data to Grainine Maguire at 
Birds Australia.  The largish ocean beach naturally divides into 2 [Koonya East 
& Koonya West] so is able to support 2 pairs of HPs.  [However, both pairs are 
very defensive of their patches and will expend a lot of energy on chasing away 
any other HPs that land on their beach].

The Koonya East pair laid 3 eggs and successfully hatched all 3.  However, as 
is often the case, I was able to enjoy the 3 chicks on day 1, saw only 2 on day 
2, one on day 6 and when I looked this morning even that was gone.

The Koonya West pair have already had 2 nest failures.  The first due to human 
trampling and the second didn't survive the wild weather / high tides of last 

I suppose my frustrations are nothing compared to the Honours student waiting 
to trial chick shelters!!  Anyway I know that when I check them again in 2 days 
time they most likely will have started laying again.

Sorrento, Vic

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