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Birds of Phillip Island - #3 - Shearwater Estate Wetlands (17 January 2014)
contributed by cougar15
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I regularly visit this easy access and productive birding site, at Shearwater Estate, which is opposite the Phillip Island Golf Club in Settlement Road, Cowes.
It is a compact site comprised of a series of interconnected lagoons within a housing development and is bordered by a paved walkway with cross-over bridges.
One could easily walk around the perimeter of its waterways in 30 mins but the keen birder should allocate a longer period.
Having watched this development since its original subdivision a couple of years ago, it is interesting to see how quickly the area has attracted the variety of wetland birdlife it hosts.
When I called in (a few days ago) and saw Black Swan, Great Egret, Little Black and Little Pied Cormorants, Australian Wood Duck, Pacific Black Duck, Latham's Snipe, Common Blackbird, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Welcome Swallow, Spurwinged Plover, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Little Grassbird, White-fronted Chat, Spotted Turtle-Dove and Hoary-headed Grebe.
I also heard the call of a Fantail Cuckoo but could not lay eyes on it in the time available.
So, for a very pleasant walk around the banks of these lagoons whilst indulging your birding interest at a location close to Cowes, I suggest you incorporate the Shearwater Estate wetlands into your itinerary.
Addendum - 11 March 2014
I have recently photographed Spotted and Spotless Crakes and Black-fronted Dotterel foraging along the edges of the heavily reeded sections of this wetland.
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