Hudwit, Barbary Dove and Other good things

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Subject: Hudwit, Barbary Dove and Other good things
From: "Peter Marsh" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 16:48:56 +1000
Dear Birders,
I had a business meeting in Geelong on Tuesday so decided to have a days 
birding at Werribee on Monday en route. Then the Hudwit seemed in imminent 
danger of departing so I decided to come home (to Sydney) via Adelaide in the 
hope of catching it before it left. I had heard that Adelaide has a population 
of Barbary Doves so that became a secondary reason for visiting the city of 

Werribee was, as always, brilliant. 75 species seen with highlights being 
Australian Spotted Crake, White-winged Black-tern and Striated Fieldwren. There 
were a number of raptors showing, wonderfully fat Red-necked Stints in breeding 
plumage ready to head off on migration and lots of Pink-eared Ducks. The usual 
Freckled Ducks were missing from their rock in the first pond off Beach Road.

On the way to picking up the key for entry to the Dry Creek salt farm in 
Adelaide I diverted to Salisbury Downs (a northern suburb of Adelaide) to visit 
a site alleged to be a haunt of Barbary Dove. I had been directed to Roscommon 
St where a friend of my informant has seen the birds regularly for some 
considerable time. Immediately on stopping there seemed to be pigeons 
everywhere! Lots of crested pigeons and Spotted Doves sat on the local fences. 
As I got out of the car more or less at the corner of Roscommon and Waterloo 
Sts at 8:15 am on Wednesday 16th there were 8 Barbary Doves on the power lines 
in Waterloo St. They soon flew off and I didn't see any more in the local park.

After picking up the key to the salt fields I headed off to seek the Hudwit. 
Another great days birding in a wonderful site! 47 species sighted but 
unfortunately no Hudwit. Around 50 black -tailed Godwits flew into a spit near 
the twin bridges. Many of these were magnificently coloured up but none looked 
like possible Hudwits. They were disturbed at one stage and all flew off to the 
centre track islands - they all showed a generally white underwing with a 
leading black edge indicating that they were all Black-tails. It seems that the 
Hudwit has already departed or has at least abandoned roosting with the 

Many thanks to the numerous respondents to my enquiries about both the Hudwit 
and the Dove.
Peter Marsh

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