Point Cook/Cheetham Wetlands (Victoria) access - American Golden Plover

To: Paul Dodd <>
Subject: Point Cook/Cheetham Wetlands (Victoria) access - American Golden Plover and Oriental Plover
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:20:49 +1100
It is a pity that 'birders' seem to be offenders of choice by rangers
whenever malfeasance has occurred in the vicinity of birding sites.  There
rarely seems to be any specifics attached to such statements and 'rangers'
rarely seem to use mechanisms such as birding-aus to seek support for their
activities or to draw folks attention to bad behaviour.


Martin Butterfield

On 23 February 2014 17:26, Paul Dodd <> wrote:

> Hi birders,
> Ruth and I went to Point Cook today to have another look for the (probable)
> American Golden Plover. We had previously tried in December with no luck.
> In
> December, however, we caught up with Bernie, one of the rangers, and he
> allowed us to drive into the restricted area to look for the bird. I note
> that access has been provided in recent times and that Bernie has even
> driven people around the site to find both the AGP and the Oriental Plover
> that is present. Anyway, today we called Bernie to see if we could get
> access and he told us that Parks Victoria would no longer be providing
> access to the restricted part of Cheetham wetlands because birders have
> apparently caused damage to gates and fences and have been caught walking
> over sensitive habitat (he said "nesting sites"). This means that the site
> that the Oriental Plover has been seen is off-limits, as is the high-tide
> roost for the Golden Plovers).
> The good news, though, is that it is still possible to see the American
> Golden Plover. Ruth and I found a group of at least 17 Golden Plovers on
> the
> westernmost rocky point near the homestead about four hours after high
> tide.
> When we were there in December we also found a group of six Golden Plovers
> at the same spot - unfortunately something spooked them before we could get
> close. Of the 17 Golden Plovers, one immediately stood out as being
> different (a paler bird with a much broader supercilium). I will post some
> pictures in a day or two, but I have been having Internet speed problems
> and
> need to get that resolved first. In the meantime I posted a small image to
> Birdline.
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
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