Conditions report - Mt St Joseph pond, Altona, Vic

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Subject: Conditions report - Mt St Joseph pond, Altona, Vic
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 16:13:22 +1100
The main pond is still dry, and now with a lush coating of grass in parts.  
I've been quickly scanning it a couple of times daily as I pass, in the hope of 
seeing a quail or something, but have seen nothing at all in there.

The puddles at the north platform, which were full again a week ago, are very 
low again.  I had good views of a Spotless Crake there around 6.30am last 
Sunday morning, and of a Lewin's Rail around 8am this morning, the first for a 
while, although I have only spent 5 or 10 minutes maximum waiting each time.

I've seen a Brown Goshawk several times this week, trying to flush birds out of 
the trees around the pond, immature, judging by the width of the chest barring.


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