Yet another trip with Steve, today we were going to visit the Western Treatment Plant. Of course the major target was that Orange-bellied Parrot, which I am definately hurrying to get seeing its very rapid decline.
Leaving this area, we drove towards the spit, stopping off at a pier which was covered in Pacific & Silver Gulls as well as Little Pied Cormorants and Pelicans. In the mud nearby were a few Black-fronted Dotterel; adults, too (previously I had only seen a lone immature at Truganina Swamp). On the beach was another nice surprise. A party of Red-capped Plover and a single Red-necked Stint were very tame and allowed very close approach as I prayed that I could get some decent shots. The Red-capped Plover was my top-wanted shorebird, and while I would appreciate simply seeing it, I would not mind pushing my luck in photos, so to speak.
Driving onwards, Steve stopped the car at the sound of a Striated Fieldwren, which after a while made a brief appearance off in the distance on the top of a bush. The shots were not too good, and after it left we drove onwards around the corner to encounter another song, right near the car. Steve was searching frantically with the binoculars when I pointed out the bird only a few metres away. I took my shots and returned to the car, commendated by Steve in finding the bird with the words "Nice spot.".
At the end of this road, we got out and searched around for anything of interest. Pied Cormorants and a few Great Crested Grebes were lingering offshore, as were a few more Cisticolas. Steve also noticed Blue-winged Parrot and Fairy Tern at this point, which I did not see, and the latter would have been a new bird for me, though Steve insisted it was too far out to see.
Total list seen was 78, with an uncoordinated miss of Pink-eared Duck, despite the fact that the day before there were as much as 90. Similarly Whiskered, Fairy, Little and WW-Black Tern was also missed on the day, but seen before and after (typical).
With this trip I managed to tick off 13 more birds, but that Orange-bellied Parrot still remains out there. Hopefully I can catch this one before it is replaced by the captive stock that will be released one day to replenish its numbers (after all you can't tick a released Budgie, can you?).