BA's bird count at Melbournes Eastern Treatment Plant last Sunday

Subject: BA's bird count at Melbournes Eastern Treatment Plant last Sunday
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 18:03:24 +1100
Birds Australia's bird count at Melbourne Water's Eastern Treatment Plant (38º04'S 145º10'E) by Mike Carter, Dawn Neylan, Andrew McCutcheon, David Stabb, Johnny Loy, Wendy McWilliams & Debbie Lustig on 28 February, produced 79 species, (49 wetland dependant & raptors + 30 non-wetland). Some highlights were Magpie Goose 1, Cape Barren Goose 1, Common Bronzewing 1, Nankeen Night-Heron 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Buff-banded Rail 1, Double-banded Plover 2, Latham's Snipe 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 2 & Golden-headed Cisticola 55. That was within the highly secured operating plant area to which there is no public access.

An additional 10 species (7 wetland dependant & raptors, Australian Wood Duck, White-necked Heron, Australian Hobby, Baillon's Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake & Wood Sandpiper and 3 non-wetland, Little Corella, Yellow-rumped Thornbill & Common Greenfinch were seen on external wetlands one day during previous week. A total of 89 species counted on those parts of the ETP covered by these surveys is a very pleasing result.

Photographs of some of these species including the Pectoral Sandpipers taken by Andrew McCutcheon are posted on Birdline Victoria's Eremaea web site.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136


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