Nothing beats a guided tour by a WTP veteran Brian.
I was escorted around the area after about 5 or 6 solo visits and it really
helped me to understand how everything is laid out as well as good places
to see particular species.
What I should have done is annotate the map as we travelled around but I
wasn't that organised.
On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM, Brian & Meg <> wrote:
> Yesterday, My wife and I went to Melbourne Water, filled in the
> paperwork, paid our money and got our key. We were also given a basic map
> of the WTP, dated Sept 2010. Off we went for our first birding experience
> out there, hoping to also find the reported Long-toed Stint (we had
> attended the Open Day tour in early Oct. last year, so we’d seen the basic
> plan and the various roads, etc.)
> Our map showed us the various numbered gates so we headed for Gate 2
> which is towards the end of Pt Wilson Rd. The map showed ‘Western Lagoon’
> and we thought finding No. 9 (for the Stint) would be easy. Well, we found
> 2, 3, 4, 5, but no No. 9. The map showed Pond 9 up near Lake Borrie so we
> headed up there thinking that this would be the right place. Obviously, the
> water there was too deep for small waders so we knew that this wasn’t it
> either. So we left via Paradise Rd at Gate 5. There, our luck changed when
> we met a lovely birding couple who were often out here. They didn’t know
> where western lagoon 9 was either but they suggested going into the
> T-Section Lagoon – in fact, they lead us back to Gate 1 and into that area
> where they directed us to a well known spot for Crake and Rail (which was
> just brilliant – great views). Here we also saw numbered Lagoons but did
> not find No 9.
> My point is that regulars to the WTP obviously know the various lagoons
> but for first-timers like ourselves, it can be difficult. Nevertheless, we
> had a great day seeing so many of the waders and ducks and we left feeling
> contented and looking forward to another day out there in the weeks ahead.
> Has anyone produced a more detailed map, either on paper or as an app
> for the phone? Can someone please explain exactly where Western Lagoon pond
> 9 is? Surely we are not the only ones who have experienced similar
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