Friday, July 29, 2011

More from Coolart

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A couple of nice sunny days and a few surprises at Coolart Wetlands. A Swamp Harrier was first to catch my eye quickly followed by a pair of Wedge Tailed Eagles. It's unusual to see both species in the same area.

The birdhide provided excellent views of Australian Shovelers, Hardheads, Chestnut Teals, a single White Faced Heron, a solitary Great Egret, and a whole colony of White Ibis.

A Black Swan is already nesting over at the secondary wetland area and can easily be viewed from the viewing platform.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Patterson River

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The Patterson River is a man made waterway, created in 1876 to provide direct drainage from the entire Dandenong Valley catchment area. This runoff flowed into the Carrum Swamp which spread behind the sand dunes between Mordialloc and Frankston with the only outlets to the bay being the Mordialloc Creek and the Kananook Creek at Frankston.

In 1934, 960 houses and farms were inundated by floodwaters. It was then decided to raise the levels of the artificial banks between the bay and Pillars Bridge, south of Dandenong. The river mouth is regularly inspected by Parks Victoria and contractors are employed to dredge the outlet to a safe depth when needed.

A sunny day is not to be wasted, so I headed off to the Patterson River for a walk alongside the river and adjoining wetlands. My first sighting was a Whistling Kite circling the water treatment plant where many Chestnut Teals and Grey Teals were roosting.

A Grey Butcherbird paused on a nearby branch to eat its lizard dinner while a Brown Goshawk scrutinized the ground below.

I came across a White Faced Heron and a Darter on the banks of the river and a Golden Headed Cisticola feeding on a grub. Next came a pair of Black Winged Stilts in the Wannarkladdin Wetlands followed by a trio of Royal Spoonbills.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Yellow Day for Cadel

Today was yellow day in honour of Cadel Evans winning the yellow jersey in The Tour De France. Even the birds were wearing yellow in his honour - a Yellow Faced Honeyeater and a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

White Ibis mating

I came across a White Ibis with un usual red markings on the back of its head. While observing, a pair of Ibis began to mate in a nearby tree. An Australasian Grebe looked unconcerned and a Little Wattlebird just kept on feeding.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Backyard Visitors

Birds are ever present in or near my garden and when the weather is ordinary I can always observe something without leaving home. Todays special visitors included Straw Necked Ibis and Rainbow Lorikeets.
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