Edithvale Bird Hide Open For Business

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Subject: Edithvale Bird Hide Open For Business
From: "Ross Macfarlane" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 14:22:32 +1000
Since the first weekend of August, the Edithvale bird hide has been open every 
Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 1 to 5 PM. I did my first stint as a hide 
volunteer yesterday, 22/8, so thought a quick update on what's on view was in 
order. Not too much in the way of rarities, but still worth stopping in for a 
look just in case, and in any case a top spot for photography.

At the moment there are no migratory waders, of course, and as yet no sign of 
the painted snipe making a return visit. The water level is presently too high 
for mudflats adjacent to the reeds, so not even any sightings of crakes and 

But there are good numbers of common water birds: swans nesting, ducks (just 
chestnut and grey teal and the odd "blackie"), coot, swamphen, moorhen, 
Australasian grebe and swamp harrier. Also a great egret which obligingly flew 
in and gently glided down to a branch in front of the hide, giving superb views 
to a couple of fortunate photographers.

The highlight of the afternoon was a pair of magpie geese, who looked very 
comfortable together. The hide has been famous for its lone, lonely male who 
has been resident for years, but I'm pretty sure this male wasn't the same 
fellow. The Bachelor hasn't been seen since the wetland dried up over summer.

Other birds that I can remember:
  a.. superb fairy wren,
  b.. welcome swallow,
  c.. white plumed honeyeater,
  d.. Australian magpie-lark,
  e.. Australian magpie,
  f.. willie wagtail,
  g.. silver gull,
  h.. common mynah,
  i.. starling,
  j.. rock dove.
I'm also sure I heard a striated pardalote calling, but didn't see it. Oh, and 
there was one mangy kangaroo...

Ross Macfarlane

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