Western Treatment Plant

To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: Western Treatment Plant
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:05:46 +1100
Hi All, We were there all day today, too.  As Russell said - very hot.

Still some nice birds around (though we also dipped on BBSP , Reeve and LTS.  
We had a Pec. Sandpiper at the outflow north of Little River (thanks Bernie 
O'Keefe), a fleeting glimpse of a Lewin's Rail running/flying across the beach 
track west of the hide, great views of Spotted Crakes (many) and a Buff-banded 
Rail near the hide, a couple of White-winged Black Terns, a couple of Brown 
Quail….. and LOTS of other stuff!

Glad we went today, and didn't wait till tomorrow! (but will have to be back on 
Wed for one last try at our main targets)

John, Shirley, Peter and Kimberley Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 27/01/2014, at 5:11 PM, Russell Woodford <> wrote:

> I spent a hot morning at Western Lagoons and ponds 26/29 near Beach Road. A
> lot of areas have dried out considerably after the last hot spell. No sign
> of the Broad-billed Sandpiper, Reeve, or Long-toed Stint, but I did find a
> Pectoral Sandpiper at the Western Lagoons.
> I didn't go to T-Section but I was told there were 19 Banded Lapwing there
> - possibly the group that's usually along Beach Road, as there was no sign
> of them at their usual spots today. I wonder if they've moved to somewhere
> with better permanent water? There is still water in the dam at Beach Rd
> but the grassy areas around it are dying quickly.
> Just a reminder that tomorrow has been declared a day of Total Fire Ban for
> all Victoria, so WTP is one of the many places that are out of bounds for
> the day. Wednesdays looking cooler so it should be a more pleasant time to
> visit, though the afternoon is forecast to be quite windy.
> Russell Woodford
> Geelong
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