Grey Phalarpoe still in Darwin

To: <>, "Bob and Trish Sothman" <>
Subject: Grey Phalarpoe still in Darwin
From: "Peter Marsh" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:18:30 +1100
Dear Birders,
The Grey Phalarope was present at the Leanyer STW in Darwin yesterday, 27 
January between 1:00 and 2:30 pm. the bird was first seen feeding on the 
spillway of the 3rd bund in from the Eastern side of the STW exactly where it 
was reported on the 24th by Mick Jerram. Ti fed along the spillway for about 15 
minutes with very occasional short flights to the surface of the 3rd bund and 
back. It then returned to the water surface and spent about 10 minutes 
splashing vigorously and preening itself. It then returned to the spillway and 
settled down close to its LH end. After some time ~20 minutes it moved onto the 
gravel on the RH side of the spillway and settled down to roost.

It was on the spillway with 2 or 3 Black-winged Stilts, a couple of Whistling 
Ducks, 1 Radjah Shelduck and a wader that was most probably a Common Greenshank 
(which was also feeding along the spillway). The only place from which the bird 
was visible was along the Eastern fence of the STW. I definitely needed my 
Swarovski 30x spotting scope to see the bird well enough to be sure of the 

I approached the STW as suggested by Nick Leseberg in his posting. I parked at 
the end of Hodgson Drive in Leanyer. There is an obvious dirt track going on 
from a white gate across the road. follow this track between 2 phone towers and 
past a couple of water filled depressions in the track which are easily 
bypassed. The track then swings to the left and follows the inflow pipe for the 
STW. When you reach the gate of the STW you are on the South fence, turn right 
and then left to follow the East fence. The best viewing spot was just over 
half way along this fence. For the record the track was essentially dry and 
there was no mud to traverse. I put on insect repellant but saw and felt not a 
single insect of any type. i was not attacked by wild dogs, crocodiles, irate 
caretakers or even any wild women casting toxic nostrums! I enjoyed dry sunny 
weather but there were showers shortly after I left.

Wonderful bird to see in Australia even if the sightings are a bit distant.
Peter Marsh
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