Red-necked Phalarope at WTP

To: John Harris <>
Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at WTP
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:29:11 +0000
Thanks for reporting it, John. It's a tick for me. It was in pond 5 when Dave 
Richardson and I arrived about 7pm, but apparently it's been seen in ponds 1 
and 7, so we were lucky to get straight onto it (just went where all the cars 
were). It couldn't have been more different to the AGP twitch, when we had 
access problems, non birders milling around, fighter jets passing overhead, and 
I doubt I could have identified it even if I had found it.

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

On 20 Jan 2016, at 9:09 PM, John Harris 
<<>> wrote:

Glad you got it Peter.
Last time I was biridng with you, we were looking for an American Golden 

For those not on Facebook, I posted to Birdline Victoria about lunch today, 
having just seen the bird at the T Section Lagoons of the Werribee Treatment 
Plant (Pond 5). I was not there bird watching but undertaking water testing for 
frog surveys that I am involved with and only had my bins in hand for about 5 

Not a bad pick up for 5 minutes, if I must say so myself.

Hope many of you can enjoy the bird also. Please remember to stay out of the 
ponds as the birdwatching permit doesn't allow us to enter the ponds. I was 
there with a colleague today doing water testing for frog surveys and we have 
to go through lengthy inductions and other paperwork including getting work 
permits before we can work on the WTP. Anybody seen entering the ponds should 
have their rego taken and reported to MW. The ponds are not pleasant and pose 
serious health risks, including botulism at the moment!!!!!


John Harris

Yours in all things "GREEN"

John Harris BASc, GDipEd
Croydon, Vic
Director - Wildlife Experiences Pty Ltd
Principal Zoologist/Ecologist
Nature Photographer
Wildlife Guide<>

Past President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

On 20 January 2016 at 19:17, Peter Shute 
<<>> wrote:
Please see the attached screenshot of the location details. I'm watching it now.

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