around the UQ lakes

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Subject: around the UQ lakes
From: Scot Mcphee <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2007 20:23:33 +1000
This afternoon around 4pm a quick stroll around the lakes in the UQ grounds got all the usual suspects;

Spotless Crake
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Masked Lapwing

One of the Dusky Moorhen had 3 bands on the left left from the top dark blue or black, green, and white, and a metal on the right. Its middle toe was missing, looks like it was bitten off my something and the poor bird had a slight limp. We also saw two other Moorhens one with a missing leg the other with a lame leg.

15 little black cormorants all perched together on the branches of small dead tree overhanging the lake (never seen them in that concentration before)

Got a nice close observation of a solitary Little Egret fishing out small fry (1 to 2cm) fish from the edge of the lake.

The 4 Helmeted Guinea Fowl where also there, hanging out with some mallards on the south side of the lake.

Heaps of Corellas as usual too.

Saw a large chestnut or russet coloured wing disappear into a tree much to the consternation of the resident noisy miners, but when we walked around to see if we could find the bird, it could not be found.


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