FW: All change at Melbourne's WTP + Phalarope

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Subject: FW: All change at Melbourne's WTP + Phalarope
From: Bob Dawson <>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 03:39:11 +0000
The Phalarope was still there on Saturday. In the T section with the
Avocets. I can't remember the pond number but it was the second pond along
if you take the 1st turn left after entering the gate. I tends to stay
around the outside of the group but can still be very difficult to spot.


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John Harris
Sent: Monday, 21 March 2016 11:07 AM
To: Mark Stanley
Subject: All change at Melbourne's WTP

Hi Mark,

The F18, maybe, or the shooting from the start of duck-season, at Beach

I wanted to catch the phalarope again next weekend.... bummer!!



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On 21 March 2016 at 10:54, Mark Stanley <> wrote:

> What a difference a week makes.
> Last Monday, 14 of March the T-Section lagoons played host to a wide
> array of migratory waders: Black-tailed Godwits, Red Knots,
> Greenshanks, dozens of Marsh Sandpipers, hundreds of Sharpies, similar
> numbers of Curlew Sands, loads of RN Stints, a Pectoral, 3 or 4 Woods
> and of course the popular Red-necked Phalarope. Watching an mature
> Black Falcon dashing in and shuffling the pack last week was a highlight.
> This Sunday there were just a couple of Sharpies and the Godwits
> remaining; the Stilts, Avocets and Lapwings were still there in
> similar numbers but had all the rest started their northward
> migration? The beach near the hide held large numbers of Stints on the
> receding tide line but only a few Sharpies and I could not pick out
> anything else. Similar story along the coast as far as the Borrow Pits.
> Perhaps the F18 flying to and from the F1 GP in Albert Park scared
> them off
> (- though the local Stilts and Lapwings around Albert Park do not seem
> to fussed about the commotion) or is this just the week that they leave?
> Have other observers noted similar reductions in migratory waders this
> week? At Broome they watch the waders depart as a evening ritual at
> this time of year. Must try and sample the WTP more regularly mid
> March next year.
> Regards
> Mark Stanley
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