in response to my postings on the Little Stint on Eremaea (Birdline Victoria) &
birding-aus, Peter Ewin wrote:
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
Plover way off in the heat/salt haze. Maybe I had the wrong spot but it was
Unfortunately you had the wrong lake, Peter (you could have emailed me and I
happily have forwarded you the details). For the record, there are (at least)
four lakes in the Woorinen complex situated 15 to 20 km northwest of Swan Hill,
north-western Victoria. Working from the Murray Valley Highway southwards we
Highway Lake, South Drainage Lake, North Lake and Hollaway's Lake. So, South
Drainage Lake is the one immediately south of White Road. The terminology I
the northern two lakes that are not named in Google Earth, follows that used by
management authority for the lakes, Goulburn-Murray Water.
The Little Stint was at 722076mE, 6098459mN in zone 54 (WGS 84 datum) +/- 50
using UTM co-ordinates (that is, 35deg13'56.5" 143deg26'25.2" using lat/longs.
datum is more or less the same (within 2 metres) as WGS 84 for hand held GPS.
is just beyond the fence line going from the road at the northernmost point of
the lake, south
along the western shoreline.
I have now uploaded a cropped photo of the bird to Eremaea for those
There is no further information on whether or not the Little Stint is still
because we had to get back to Melbourne on Tuesday, and as far as I know, no
birders have since visited the site.
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