|Date: ||Sat, 17 Jun 2006 18:13:59 -0400|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Jim Throckmorton <jamest43@COMCAST.NET>|
|Subject: ||Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Altamaha WMA|
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This morning I too visited Altamaha WMA getting there about 7:30 am. I saw
two Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on the east side of Rte 17 taking flight
from the far back pool as I got close to that pool. They circled and then
headed north and I got good looks at them. I did not see any others in that
last pool. On the way out there, I saw 3 Least Bitterns and about 100,000
Red-winged Blackbirds (OK that may be a little high). On the return walk, I
got a good long look at a Purple Gallinule in the middle of the pathway. It
may have been displaying because its tail feathers were upright and the
white was very visible.
I went over to the west side of Rte 17 (an area I am not very familiar
with). At the Champney Island lookout, I saw three more Black-bellied
Whistling Ducks flying around the fields. They flew around for about 2
minutes and then settled down in the grass. Even though I saw exactly where
they landed, I could not locate them again in the high grass.
Always good birding down there.
Sandy Springs, GA
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