Ten years ago, when we were over here, we stopped off at Sale Common on our way back home from Hundred Mile Beach. I remember the boardwalk around the wetlands as being full of interesting wildlife – including plenty of waterbirds and a Red-bellied Black snake which refused to shift off the path and we had to go the long way round to avoid annoying it! Yesterday we indulged in a bit of nostalgia and made a return visit. Unfortunately, after the floods of last summer and the ensuing damage, the whole reserved had been closed – it was still closed! There were very few birds visible around the margins of this large wetland, between the banks of the Thomson and La Trobe rivers – most interesting was a small group of Yellow-billed Spoonbill. Meanwhile, back on the Prom, we’ve been entertained by the birds visible from the property – mostly raptors, including: Wedge-tails and White-bellied Sea-eagles, Swamp Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite and Brown Falcon. On a walk around Duck Point a couple of extra trip ticks – Caspian Tern and, ‘yes’ four waders in the form of Red-necked Stint!