Oriental Plover at Altona, Victoria - any update???

To: Jenny Spry <>, Peter Shute <>
Subject: Oriental Plover at Altona, Victoria - any update???
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:26:50 +0000
Yes, that makes sense Jen.

If you want to visit the shoreline in the evening - which, at this time of 
year, is a very pleasant time to stroll along a secluded beach looking for 
birds - it's worth parking your car outside the first lockable gate 
(-37.917956,144.786248) and then walk in from there. It only adds and 
additional 500 m or so return, and avoids any chance of getting locked up.

Ps. I once lost my key while birding in the WTP. Locked in, I spent most the 
night sitting next to southern Lake Borrie, until a friend got me out late in 
the evening. It was very dark, lots of mist and wild sounds, an interesting 


From: Birding-Aus  on behalf of Jenny Spry 

Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 3:25 PM
To: Peter Shute
Subject: Oriental Plover at Altona,   Victoria - any update???

Hi Peter,

There is no fee to walk past the homestead to the beach where one could
walk around Point Cook to the north and on up to the mouth of the creek. I
think there is a fee if you want to see inside the homestead. The gate to
the Point Cook area and Cheetham lookout closes at 1700.

The bridge and many other tracks and boardwalks were for when the saltworks
were in operation and allowed workers access to the ponds. Access to the
Cheetham Saltworks is not permitted without asking at the Point Cook
Reserve office at the entrance to the coastal reserve on Point Cook Rd. I
have found them to be very friendly and helpful. I think one of the reasons
they want to know who is in the area is because the entry gate is locked at
1700 and if anyone was walking in the Cheetham area without the knowledge
of the rangers they could end up having there car locked in for the night.

Someone was looking for the OP yesterday morning but I don't know if they
found it. I looked for the strange (AGP?) plover on Wed and yesterday but
it was not at the entry track roost or on the rocks on the rising tide.



On 31 January 2014 14:39, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> I'm pretty sure there's no entry fee for the Homestead.
> I vaguely remember a ranger telling someone off for crossing that little
> bridge, so the channel it crosses might be the limit for where we're
> allowed. Which makes you wonder why there's a little bridge.
> Peter Shute
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