Monday, June 27, 2011
Blue Skies and Lots of Life
It's amazing what a bit of blue sky and sunshine can do for the birdlife. I visited the wetlands near the South East Water Treatment Plant and was greeted by a Brown Falcon perched on the power lines. Hundreds of teals and ducks were flushed from the wetlands by a cruising Swamp Harrier.
At Patterson River, a single Great Egret stood amongst White Faced Herons, Great and Black Cormorants. A pair of Shelducks were observed over the fence at the treatment plant. In the trees a Red Eared Watllebird called out while a White Plumed Honeyeater looked downwards at me. A crested tern cruised up and down the river looking for small fish.
Over at Edithvale Wetlands, another Swamp Harrier was scaring off the Coots and Teals. The Black Swans and Cormorants didn't seem to mind. For the first time that I have observed, a second Magpie Goose has arrived. This new arrival is smaller and younger than the original inhabitant. Finally, a Musk Duck was seen on the eastern pond, probably the same bird that I saw last week.