Australasian Darter at Birrarung Marr - Melbourne

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Subject: Australasian Darter at Birrarung Marr - Melbourne
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 13:58:56 +1100
I have just returned from a lunchtime walk to Birrarung Marr on the Yarra.
Most of the usual suspects were there - Common Myna, Common Starling, House
Sparrow, Feral Pigeon and Silver Gull - but I was surprised to see an
Australasian Darter drying its plumage on the floating rubbish trap.  I
haven't seen any Darters in the area before.

Other birds present today were; White-faced Heron (stalking prey not more
than 2 metres from me), two Swans, both with neck bands, two Dusky Moorhens
and one Little Black Cormorant.  I didn't see any Rainbow Lorikeets, Red
Wattlebirds or White-plumed Honeyeaters today but they are usually present.

It was also interesting to see 100s of small Galaxids, many small bream and
a few small purple crabs.



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