Lake Tutchewop Sunday and Monday

To: "calyptorhynchus ." <>
Subject: Lake Tutchewop Sunday and Monday
From: SeanDooley <>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:18:39 +1100
We (John Peter and myself) managed to see the Dowitcher in very trying 
conditions on Monday early afternoon. By the time we arrived up from Melbourne 
a but after one o'clock, there was a howling hot northerly which was whipping 
up a considerable dust storm in the general area. Conditions on the southern 
end of the lake were atrocious- almost a total white out due to a blizzard of 
salt blown across the large dry expanses of much of the lake. 

We thought we would have no chance finding the Dowitcher if it had even still 
been there. Luckily there was another birding sheltering in his car who said 
the bird had been there earlier. 

And in conditions I have never experienced before we finally managed to see the 
Long- billed attempting to shelter from the worst of it behind tiny sprigs of 
salt marsh vegetation. Soon a after a southerly change came through and while 
the winds were just as strong the direction they came from blew the salt away 
allowing for some decent views including hearing the call as it flew a short 
distance at one stage. 

It had taken me six weeks to have a free day to twitch this unique bird and the 
conditions certainly made it  a most memorable one. 

Sean Dooley

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> On 29 Dec 2014, at 5:25 pm, "calyptorhynchus ." <> 
> wrote:
> We travelled from Canberra to Kerang in a quest for the two rareties on
> Sunday. We arrive at around 3pm at the northern end and walked down the
> southern without seeing anything much at all.
> This morning we went back to the southern end and there were more waders
> (and better viewing conditions), but no Dowitcher or Phalarope.
> Hope others had better luck.
> -- 
> John Leonard
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