Ruff at Braeside Park, SE Melbourne and Bird Counts at Melbourne Water's
Ruff at Braeside Park, SE Melbourne and Bird Counts at Melbourne Water's Eastern Treatment Plant.
"Mike Carter" <>
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:12:40 +1100
Andrew Silcocks reports seeing a Ruff/Reeve on the wetland at Braeside Park
this morning. There was also a Pectoral Sandpiper and c.1,000 Sharp-tailed
Sandpipers. Not seen were 2 Wood Sandpipers seen last Thursday by David Stabb.
Lewin's Rail has also been reported.
On Sunday a few kilometres away, 58 species of wetland dependant birds &
raptors, (87 species in total) were encountered on the BirdLife Australia's
monthly count internally at the Eastern Treatment Plant. Highlights included a
very tame Pectoral Sandpiper, 118 Blue-billed Ducks, 92 Freckled Ducks, 4600
Pink-eared Ducks and a very photogenic male Spotted Harrier. Surprisingly, in
spite of extensive suitable habitat, the only 'vagrant' crakes were 3
Australian Spotted and one Black-tailed Native-hen but there are more crakes in
the external wetlands. By 'internal' I mean the operating section of the plant
south of the Patterson River and north of Thompson Road and west of EastLink to
the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. This area is securely fenced and entry
prohibited. Up until now casual visitors have been allowed to accompany an
inducted leader with an electronic gate pass but Melbourne Water has now
declared that all count-team members be inducted and that induction shall be
renewed every three years.
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