Herdsman Lake, WA

Subject: Herdsman Lake, WA
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:48:55 +0000
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Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:21:30 
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Subject: Herdsman Lake, WA

A ride around this well-known Perth wetland this morning produced some good 
finds among the usual rich regular avifauna. 
A Spotless Crake and a Baillon's Crake complemented the half-dozen Buff-banded 
Rails seen wandering around in the open in grassy areas. 
A Banded Stilt seen from the more eastern of the two bird-hides on the northern 
lake-shore was as pleasing as it was unexpected.  More common but still 
appreciated were 5 Red-necked Avocet. 
Large wading species included all 3 ibis, Great and Little Egret (several of 
each), White-faced Heron and Rufous 
All the southern ducks (with the exception of Freckled and Chestnut Teal) as 
Rainbow Bee-eater and Sacred Kingfisher two of the more appealing summer 
regulars. And 3 cormorant species plus Darter is normal but still enjoyable. 
There was a small collection of waders (perhaps 10 or so) at the back of 
Floreat Waters which were just beyond binocular ID range - if anyone gets down 
there with a scope I would be interested to hear what they were. 
Finally, a notable absentee (both today and at Christmas when I last visited) 
was Brown Honeyeater - neither seen nor heard. Are they seasonal at this site 
or is there some other explanation for their absence? I seem to recall them 
being invariably present when I lived in Perth years ago and visited Herdsman 
reasonably regularly.
Oh, one last observation, not reported at Christmas, was a Cockatiel (a 
presumed escape?) feeding on the grass on the eastern side of the lake near the 
footpath (mentioned just for the record -  did anyone else see this bird before 
it either returned to its owner or met an untimely end?)
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