Waterbirds at Lake Connewarre

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Subject: Waterbirds at Lake Connewarre
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 00:30:15 +1100
Hi all,

After the weather changed on the Bellarine Peninsula I did a birding trip to 
Lake Connewarre (between 7:00pm to 8:30pm), accessed via Moolap Station Rd, 
from the Bellarine Hwy. To my surprise (considering the opressive heat; 47 
degrees!) the wetlands had good amounts of water and literally thousands of 
waterbirds. On the way in, in the headed wheat paddock next to the dirt road 
(south side) there was a flock of 50 Magpie Geese, 3 Brolga, and 500+ 
Australian Shelduck. Once at the wetland, on track leading south there was 
large numbers of White-winged Stilt, at least 20 Magpie Geese (many flying), 
waders including Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, and Greenshank. On the track leading 
west (i.e. straight ahead) of the (grubby) car park, after a short walk to the 
waters edge there was large numbers of waterbirds, including 1 Australasian 
Bittern, flushed from the left. My feeling is that this site is an oasis in a 
large area of dried wetlands.

My thoughts are with the families affected by the fires.

Tim Dolby

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