Martin Cake and I both visited Lake McLarty today to try and find the pintail.
Unfortunately, we didn't, despite searching through plenty of ducks. The water
level is still relatively high though, which made it difficult to check the
north end of the lake in particular. That, combined with the size of the lake
and a large number of ducks to search through means it's very possible that we
missed it. Other birds of interest for those who might be thinking of heading
Black-tailed Godwit (2)
Marsh Sandpiper (5+)
Red-necked Avocet (300+)
Banded Stilt (3, in the avocet flock)
Australian Spotted Crake (12+)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (1)
Also 4+ Brown Songlarks and 5 Regent Parrot along Mills Road.
The wader numbers at McLarty are building, so it should be well worth the trip
just for those in a week or two and the BAWA excursion there on the 1st Feb
should be good.
> Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 22:46:54 +0900> To: ;
> > From: > Subject:
> [Birding-Aus] Lake McLarty near Pinjarra WA - possible Northern Pintail> > >
> I received the following report tonight from Alan Collins of a possible >
> Northern Pintail.> > He won't have a chance to look for it again for a few
> weeks. So if anybody > else visits Lake McLarty then look out for it.> > Note
> that a few years ago, there was a possible pintail at Blue Gum Lake in >
> Perth that turned out to be a hybrid Hardhead / Grey Teal. There have been >
> two records in WA. One at Chandala Swamp near Gingin north of Perth, and >
> one at Parry Lagoons near Wyndham in the Kimberley. Both were males.> > I
> can't look for it either as I will be in Walpole. If anyone does find it >
> again, then please phone me on 0437 156 650.> > >From: "Alan Collins"
> <>> >To: "Frank O'Connor" <>>
> >Subject: Lake McLarty 4th Jan - probable Northern Pintail> >Date: Sun, 4 Jan
> 2009 17:14:49 +0900> >> >Frank, I went down to McLarty this morning and
> whilst scanning through the > >ducks came across a duck which I'm fairly sure
> is a female or eclipse male > >Pintail. I've tried to convince myself it's
> something more common but > >can't. I watched the bird for a few minutes (but
> it was too far way for > >the camera) until all the ducks were put to flight
> by a harrier going > >over. John Graff was at the southern end of the lake
> and I ran/waded over > >to him but we couldn't relocate the bird. Not a great
> surpise given the > >number of wildfowl and the size of the lake.
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