After seeing this on Eremaea on Wednesday morning (though with no details on
whether the bird was still present) I decided to detour my trip to Barham for
work via Woorinen to see if I could pick this up. The assumption that the South
Darinage Lake was what is called North Lake (of course) on Google I headed to
Lake Road on the south side of the lake. Very few birds about with Masked
Lapwing and Silver Gull definite and probably Red-capped Plover way off in the
heat/salt haze. Maybe I had the wrong spot but it was worth the detour.
McDonalds Swamp near Koondrook is full of water and has a ridiculous number of
birds. Highlights included 1 Wood Sandpiper, 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Spotted Crake, 1
Greenshank, Marsh Sandpipers (after no sightings in about 3 years I get them
twice in a week) plus another squillion Native-hen (they really are everywhere
this year). A scope probably could have yielded many more as many of the ducks
are a long way off.
> Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 17:54:41 -0800
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Little Stint at Woorinen VIC 02 November 2009
> Hi all,
> at South Drainage Lake, Woorinen, Vic. (about 20 km northwest of Swan Hill)
> myself & Scott Baker found a full breeding plumage Little Stint and obtained
> a number of photographs of same. The bird was observed for over an hour
> (11:00 - 12:20) before disappearing. Other highlights in nw. Vic over the
> long weekend were: Pied Honeyeater (50 at Yarrara FFR including flock of 40
> on the move over the canopy, mostly males), Crimson Chat (Murray Sunset NP &
> Goschen), Orange Chat (almost everywhere in chenopod shrublands), Pacific
> Golden Plover (1, South Drainage Lake), Glossy Ibises, Cockateils, Black
> Honeyeaters (Goschen), 4 spp. Woodswallow (all Aus. spp. except Dusky &
> Little), and Red-lored Whistler (Murray Sunset NP).
> P.S. Lansley.
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