Lewin's Rail and Blue-winged Parrots - Cheetham Wetlands, Melbourne

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Subject: Lewin's Rail and Blue-winged Parrots - Cheetham Wetlands, Melbourne
From: "Chris Sanderson" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2007 20:00:40 +1000
Hi all,

I surveyed the Cheetham Wetlands today for this weekend's Orange-bellied
Parrot count.  No OBPs sadly, but I was more than compensated by a flock of
9 Blue-winged Parrots at the RAAF Lake, and a Lewin's Rail inside Cheetham
itself.  The area the rail was in is permit only.  In all I had 53 species
at the wetland, and 27 at RAAF Lake.

I also saw good numbers of waders, including a few Curlew Sandpipers coming
out of colour.  A Red-capped Plover was sitting on eggs (I presume) - it did
a broken wing impression as I drove past it, and ran back to sit again as
soon as I was past.  I was surprised to see a Nankeen Night-Heron fly past
at one point and land in a Boxthorn bush, and a Buff-banded Rail nearby the
Lewin's Rail made for a nice comparison.


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