WHITE WAGTAIL at Lake Gwelup Perth

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Subject: WHITE WAGTAIL at Lake Gwelup Perth
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:47:11 +0800

Thanks to Andrew Hobbs, I went to Lake Gwelup with Rob Lambert. Park in Seagrave Street at the south of the lake (where it is cut off in the middle), and walk down the path to the boardwalk and the pergola type hide. Quite a few others turned up while we were there. The bird was very easy to find.

The bird was on the mud to the right behind the ducks. It sheltered in the shade of a thin dead typha reed a few times, but it usually did not take too long for it to come out.

It is sub species 'leucopsis'. Bright white forehead. White face. Black crown leading down the back of the neck grading into the grey of its back. Quite a bit of white on the wing at rest. The end of the wings at rest are brownish, maybe worn feathers? The black bib on the upper breast is quite washed out.

We also saw of interest.

Buff-banded Rail (2)
Australian Spotted Crake (2)
Baillon's Crake (1)
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (2) An introduced bird to a few lakes around Perth and maybe in decline.

There should be a lot of photos, as it was found by the Birdlife WA photographic group!!

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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