Thursday, July 4, 2013

Australasian Bittern at Braeside Park



Walking along the Governor Rd track at Braeside Park proved a good decision when an Australasian Bittern appeared out of nowhere. At first I was dismissive of the sighting as I was watching a Whistling Kite in the distance, but the lack of urgency in the way the bird flew made have a second look. My second ever sighting of this species was quickly confirmed as it flew past into the direction of the sun, making photography a bit tricky. I did, however, manage to get one half reasonable photo.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cape Woolamai

The weather has been fantastic all week but I had to wait until friday before sneaking out to Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island. There had been reports of blue winged parrots in the area but alas, I did not get to see any. But I did get to see several species including Brown Falcons, Black Shouldered Kites, a Whistling Kite, an Australian Kestrel, a Wedge Tailed Eagle, Flame Robin, Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater, and many more.


To quote George Costanza: "The sea was angry that day, my friends"
 
 
 

Beautiful view of the shoreline from the cape.
 
 

Something I did not want to see, a young wild cat indicating a successful breeding colony.

Whistling Kite

Australian Kestrel in a perfect picnic spot
 
 

And a nice sunset to conclude the day.
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Winter at the Treatment Plant

A beautiful winters day but not too many birds around the Western Treatment Plant today, although the highlight was a group of ten over wintering Bar Tailed Godwits which appeared at low tide in front of the bird hide.


Swamp Harrier

Brown Falcon

Little Egrets

White Faced Herons
 

Swamp Harrier
 
 

Red Necked Avocet

Whistling Kite
 

Bar Tailed Godwits

Banded Stilts
 
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More Raptors From WTP

I love taking photos of raptors, and there are plenty at the Western Treatment Plant. Here's a few of the snaps I took yesterday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Late in the afternoon I came across two Wedgies not far from the coast along Beach Rd and a White Bellied Sea Eagle cruising along the bay
 
 
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