After a night of teeming rain and strong winds, seven hardy souls braved strong winds and ominous clouds for the November bird walk.

However we had a really memorable day visiting six of Penne Kwiat’s favourite locations, on and around the Barwon estuary. Our first stop at Hospital Swamp was a bit light-on for birds, but Blue Rocks on the coast had some really good sightings, including a flock of Red-necked Stints, a Ruddy Turnstone, and five adult Hooded Plovers.

Birdwatching on Blue Rocks Beach

Red-necked Stints

Ruddy Turnstone

We were pleased to see the ‘Hoodies’ but concerned that they weren’t nesting as they should be at this time of year.

One Hoodie

The highlight of morning tea beside the Barwon River was a number of Royal Spoonbills in breeding plumage.

Morning tea

Royal Spoonbill

The Barwon Estuary had hundreds of waders  actively feeding on the sandbanks before the tide came in. They were mainly Red-necked Stints plus a few Curlew Sandpipers, but two Eastern Curlews stood out with their amazingly long, down-curved beaks, and there were a number of Bar-tailed Godwits with long turned-up beaks.

During lunch at Freshwater Lake on the Ocean Grove side, we had much animated discussion over three birds we thought/hoped were unusual, but eventually we decided they were Common Greenshanks.

Just Common Greenshanks!

At the last moment a large flock of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers landed nearby.

Sharp-tailed Sandpipers

Finally, a new place for most of us was Begola Wetland Reserve hidden away in Ocean Grove suburbia.

Begola Wetlands

After much looking, some of us glimpsed the prize, which was a Lathams Snipe. We had spent all day on our expedition and were very pleased with the 72 species observed.

Ellinor Campbell

Photos by Penne Kwiat, Conrad White, Ellinor Campbell, Joanne Heatlie.

Below are all the birds identified:

  1. Black Swan
  2. Australian Wood Duck
  3. Grey Teal
  4. Chestnut Teal
  5. Pacific Black Duck
  6. Hoary-headed Grebe
  7. Rock Dove
  8. Crested Pigeon
  9. Shearwater sp.
  10. Little Pied Cormorant
  11. Great Cormorant
  12. Little Black Cormorant
  13. Pied Cormorant
  14. Australian Pelican
  15. Eastern Great Egret
  16. White-faced Heron
  17. Little Egret
  18. Australian White Ibis
  19. Straw-necked Ibis
  20. Royal Spoonbill
  21. Whistling Kite
  22. Swamp Harrier
  23. Nankeen Kestrel
  24. Purple Swamphen
  25. Australian Spotted Crake
  26. Dusky Moorhen
  27. Eurasian Coot
  28. Black-winged Stilt
  29. Pacific Golden Plover
  30. Red-capped Plover
  31. Hooded Plover
  32. Red-kneed Dotterel
  33. Masked Lapwing
  34. Latham's Snipe
  35. Bar-tailed Godwit
  36. Eastern Curlew
  37. Common Greenshank
  38. Ruddy Turnstone
  39. Red-necked Stint
  40. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
  41. Curlew Sandpiper
  42. Caspian Tern
  43. Whiskered Tern
  44. Crested Tern
  45. Pacific Gull
  46. Silver Gull
  47. Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
  48. Rainbow Lorikeet
  49. Eastern Rosella
  50. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
  51. Superb Fairy-wren
  52. Yellow-rumped Thornbill
  53. Singing Honeyeater
  54. Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
  55. Red Wattlebird
  56. White-fronted Chat
  57. New Holland Honeyeater
  58. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  59. Rufous Whistler
  60. Australian Magpie
  61. Grey Fantail
  62. Willie Wagtail
  63. Little Raven
  64. Magpie-lark
  65. Australian Reed-Warbler
  66. Little Grassbird
  67. Silvereye
  68. Welcome Swallow
  69. Fairy Martin
  70. Common Starling
  71. Common Myna
  72. House Sparrow

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