A couple of hours birding along the north bank of No.6 tank and the glorious sight of hundreds of handsomely dressed Black-tailed Godwit feeding close enough to hear their slurping sounds after a bill full of sieved out sludgy mud. Hiding within the godwit flock were two non-breeding plumaged Bar-tailed Godwit, and no less of a handsome bird.
A scattered group of 8 Ruff were sporting their foppy neck and head plumes, orange, white, black, chestnut and browns, our own exotically plumaged dandies.
The ducks were overshadowed by the shorebirds and there was no change in species and numbers from my previous visit.
I continued my walk along the track towards the ‘phalarope pool’ on No.3 tank. A male Western Marsh Harrier was hunting the reed beds at the Canal Pools. The pools on the mitigation had a single russet coloured Ruff with several Black-tailed Godwit, a Little Ringed Plover and Common Snipe.
Observer: WSM (images & videos).