Spotted and Spotless birding near Geelong

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Subject: Spotted and Spotless birding near Geelong
From: Russ <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:30:14 +1100
No, this isn't another hybridisation post - but that is certainly an
interesting ongoing discussion.

I just thought I'd mention that the Spotted and Spotless Crakes have been
very easy to see at Jeringot Wetland (Belmont Common in Geelong) for the
last week or so. I've seen up to 5 Spotted (Australian Crake to give them
their correct current English name) and 2 Spotless, mostly in front of the
hide, but also on a muddy bank beside Barwon Heads Road. Latham's Snipe
have been standing out on the mud on some days, and difficult to find on

While we're on Spotted things, I've seen two Spotted Harriers on recent
10th January beside school Road, near Corio Station
21st January on western side of Princes Freeway, opposite Avalon Airport.
The two sites are about 8-9 Km apart so is it likely they are the same bird
or pair? Or is it just a good year for Spotted Harrier?

Russell Woodford
Geelong VIC

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