Eastern Yellow Wagtail at WTP

To: "'Tony Russell'" <>, <>
Subject: Eastern Yellow Wagtail at WTP
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 20:31:08 +1100
You're welcome Tones - I hope your drive home was not too uncomfortable in
the heat!

All the best,


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Russell  
Sent: Thursday, 26 February 2009 5:51 PM
To: 'Paul Dodd'; 
Subject: Eastern Yellow Wagtail at WTP

Thanks for putting this note up Paul, saves me from having to brag about
it. Thanks also for all your help and time given to us , very much
appreciated - Oh, and for arranging for Russ Woodford and myself to meet
for the first time - geez, he's a lovely boy.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Paul Dodd
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 11:44 PM
Subject: Eastern Yellow Wagtail at WTP

Ruth Woodrow, Tony Russell, Edna Pascoe, Russell Woodford and myself
went to the WTP this evening to look for the Yellow Wagtail. We
initially caught a brief glimpse of the bird on the south side of the
gate near the outlet of the 85WA lagoon at around 5:15pm. The bird flew
off to the west on seeing us. We drove along the coastal track from the
white gateposts where Ruth and I first saw the bird on Saturday to the
eastern corner of the 85WB lagoon and back several times before catching
up with the bird again on one of the rocky coves on the western bank of
the 85WA lagoon near the outlet (about 10m from the gate) at around
7:00pm. We had good views of the bird on the rocks and on the muddy
shore for about 20 minutes.


If you don't have a map that names the ponds, then the easiest way to
find the spot is to cross the ford and head along the track parallel to
Little River, through the white gateposts directly opposite the hide.
Keep following the track and cross the rocky beach, then follow the
track until you reach a gate. The gate doesn't require a key. Once
through the gate, you will notice some white barriers and a walkway to
your left - this is the outlet to the 85WA lagoon which is directly in
front of you. The wagtail seems to favour the rocky and muddy shores of
this lagoon, close to the gate.


A good strategy for seeing this bird is to stay in your car as it is
extremely flighty. Drive slowly along the track from the white gateposts
to the far side of 85WA and back - checking the track and particularly
the shores of the lagoons. Only once you have seen the bird should you
consider getting out of the car. I managed to get out and carefully set
up the scope without scaring it, but I was very slow and quiet outside
the car.


Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria



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