Conditions report - Mt St Joseph pond, Altona, Vic

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Subject: Conditions report - Mt St Joseph pond, Altona, Vic
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:51:42 +1100
I went past the pond at about 6pm on the way home tonight and saw the Lewin's 
Rail within seconds in the reeds north east of the southern platform.

The pond is very low now, but still not quite as low as it was on the day it 
was first seen, 19/1/08. There are now huge areas of mud, but still a few spots 
where the water's edge extends into the reeds, and it was in one of those spots 
that I saw it tonight.

I saw it again a few minutes later in similar wet reeds opposite the platform.  
I was surprised how fast it got there, so perhaps there really are two in 
there.  But seeing how fast it can run, it could have simply run along the bank 
while I wasn't looking.

It wandered around a bit back in the reeds and had a bath, then disappeared.

The Spotless Crakes were easily visible around the place, but still no 
Baillon's or Spotted.

Very light rain has been falling here on and off since then, but I doubt much 
has ended up as runoff.

Peter Shute

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