Perth Lakes update (mainly waders)

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Subject: Perth Lakes update (mainly waders)
From: John Graff <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:50:26 +0800
Hi all,

Wader season is on in full swing near Perth. I checked Lake Cooloongup again 
this morning which is doing a very passable impression of a Lake McLarty-lite. 
Highlights included:
Banded Stilt (1,000+, last seen flying south towards Walyungup about 30min 
before I left)

Red-necked Avocet (60)

Black-tailed Godwit (2)

Common Greenshank (36)

Marsh Sandpiper (5)

Great Knot (3)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (200+)

Pectoral Sandpiper (1)

Curlew Sandpiper (12)

Red-necked Stint (350+)

Long-toed Stint (6)

Red-capped Plover (300+)

Red-kneed Dotterel (32)

White-winged Black Tern (1)

Spotted Harrier (1)

The real thing (Lake McLarty) was also looking good, a good variety of birds 
seen on New Year's Day by Mark Newman, Alan Collins, Nick Brown and myself. 
However, a lot of the waders were still in the grass on the east side so it's a 
little frustrating. Highlights included:
Chestnut Teal (1)

Eastern Cattle Egret (21, all but 1 were overflying)

Black-tailed Native-hen (6)

Australian Spotted Crake (6+)

Spotless Crake (2)

Red-necked Avocet (200+)

Banded Stilt (30)

Common Greenshank (26)

Marsh Sandpiper (6)

Wood Sandpiper (1)

Common Sandpiper (1)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (2,000+)

Pectoral Sandpiper (8+)

Curlew Sandpiper (7)

Red-necked Stint (250+)

Red-kneed Dotterel (1)

Whiskered Tern (40)

White-winged Black-Tern (7)

Thomsons Lake still has all three crake species showing well, with a few 
sporadic reports of waders too. Lake Claremont has also been good, with both 
Freckled Duck and Chestnut Teal in residence, along with crakes, Red-kneed 
Dotterels, and the odd other wader

Freckled Ducks also at Herdsman still (near the Wildlife Centre), and Kogolup 
Swamp. North Lake had little of interest a week ago, but the water level should 
be getting tasty about now

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