Cocos Common Moorhen UPDATE

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Subject: Cocos Common Moorhen UPDATE
From: Richard Baxter <>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 21:29:26 -0800 (PST)
Hello all,
            Spent a nice couple of hours at Bechet Besar wetlands on West 
Island, Cocos-keeling Islands this morning.  The wetlands are very full, 
probably the highest water level I've ever seen there and birdlife was 
prolific.  Up to twenty Pacific Black Duck and several White-breasted Waterhen 
were the first species seen.  These were followed by close views and good 
photos of Pin-tailed Snipe.
Also present were three Common Greenshank and a lone Grey Wagtail.  The Grey 
Wagtail was feeding with the waterhen as well as sitting on top of coconuts and 
providing nice views through the scope.
Undoubtedly, the high light of the morning were two Common Moorhen feeding in 
the open at the back of the wetlands.  This is the latest new bird for 
Australia, being only discovered by Peter Barrand last week.  A fantastic find 
and a couple of very happy birders in the mud this morning.
On the road out of the wetlands we located another grey wag beside the road but 
were unable to locate the Javan Pond Heron also reported last week. 
A sensational mornings birding.
Richard Baxter

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