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  Trip Reports May 2012

Birding Diary May 2012

A number of visits to the Western Treatment Plant this month resulted in a couple of tantalizing sightings of one of the most sought after of Australian birds, the Orange-bellied Parrot. We had brilliant views of 3 males in flight on one visit, and these particular individuals were well watched over the course of the month. One or possibly two juvenile birds had also been observed on the plant in previous weeks, so at best there were possibly five birds seen this year; the future still looks bleak for this fascinating and incredibly beautiful but somewhat forlorn species...

Other species observed over May included my first ever Little Penguin just offshore on a calm day; for some reason this species is very uncommon in that part of Port Phillip Bay, slightly unseasonal Red-kneed Dotterels, Glossy Ibis, Spotted Harrier, Lewin's Rail, 3 White-winged Black Tern that may have been over-wintering, and Fan-tailed Cuckoo & Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo.