Mount St Josephs Pond

To: "Chris Sanderson" <>, "Birding-Aus Aus" <>
Subject: Mount St Josephs Pond
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:34:11 +1100
 wrote on :

> I stopped briefly at Mt St Joseph Pond this morning before
> work to look for the crakes or at least see that the habitat
> was wrong, and managed to get good views through my scope of
> a Baillon's Crake and a Spotless Crake. Viewing is likely to
> only get better over the next few weeks, unless a downpour
> happens again, so I'd say early morning is your best bet, and
> bring a scope if you want to actually see the birds.

Where did you see them, Chris?  I've spent quite a bit of time down
there since the rain filled it up on Saturday night, and despite
scanning the reeds slowly and thoroughly I barely saw anything move,
just the occasional swamphen, moorhen or reed-warbler.

You may well be right about mornings being best, as that's when I had my
last good sighting, but I'm wondering how much luck is involved too.

And possibly skill, although I don't know what I can do to look harder
than I already am.  I sometimes wonder if my slow scanning is causing me
to miss the birds that pop out and back while I'm not looking.

Peter Shute

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