24 May 2014
BirdLife Melbourne again organised an outing to the Western Treatment Plant (WTP) after the BirdLife Australia AGM for interstate and country delegates attending the Network Day and the AGM. Five cars were required for the 14 delegates (a big increase on the five who went to the WTP last year). We met at the Paradise Rd Gate at about 12:00 noon, visited Western Lagoons, T Section Lagoons and travelled to the Borrow Pit via Beach Rd and the coast route. There were numerous stops to observe the birds along the way at all the known hot spots. The outing ended at about 4:00 pm as most delegates had planes or trains to catch to return home.
A total of 92 species were seen or heard on the day, a very acceptable total for four hours when many of the summer waders were absent. Unfortunately we could not produce an Orange-bellied Parrot or Northern Shoveler like last year. To see the bird list for the day go to http://www.birdlifemelbourne.org.au/outings/site-lists/wtp-werribee.html. For about two thirds of the delegates it was their first visit to the WTP and not surprisingly they were most impressed with the size of the site and the number of birds. Many expressed a wish to visit the site again.
My thanks to my drivers, Greg Buzza, Euan Moore and Jenny Rolland, Sonja Ross and John Stirling who made the day possible.
Bill Ramsay – Outing Organiser