South-east Melbourne rarities

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Subject: South-east Melbourne rarities
From: "michael norris" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 12:13:08 +1100
Many thanks to Evan and all

Re below.  These were all genuine "observations" - but not today.

The two Bayside Council area ones are a result of my being something of a local bird recorder. Both observers had consulted the books... One was able to check: the "Gagarney" was a Black Duck.

The Azure Kingfisher got into the Bird Observer's 'Unusual Sightings'. I let them know that the next day I saw a Sacred Kingfisher there and noted that its breast was "near orange". The closest creek (with the worst water quality in Melbourne) is about 8kms away.

As for the Braeside Park "Little Ringer Plover" (and I did use quotation marks), it was identified by someone with all the gear (like a telescope...). Using my bins it was clearly a juvenile Red-kneed Dotterel.

Happy April to all

Michael Norris

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