Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hoary Headed Grebes at Coolart

For a brief moment I thought I was about to witness a courtship dance by these grebes, but alas it did not eventuate. They sized each other up, and then went about each others business.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Whistling Kites at Tenby Point

Tenby Point is a lovely little seaside retreat nestled in a unique part of  Westernport Bay. The eucalypts grow almost to the shoreline and there is always plenty of birdlife both among the trees and in the water.

There is no beach to speak of being mainly rocky outcrops or tidal flats, but that does not distract from its beauty. 

There is a resident Whistling Kite family with a nest high up in an old pine tree that overlooks both the bay and the paddocks behind. I could see the Kites from a distance, perched high in a gum tree perusing their domain. Having approached carefully, I was surprised to see one of them take off and cruise the waterline. It passed directly over me barely metres above, it was then that I had that horrible feeling - 'your SD card is full'.

The Kite teased me, floating on the light breeze directly in front of and slightly above me while I rapidly deleted photos from the card. Once I had room for about 20 shots I had to wait for the Kite to return and hopefully put on another show. I didn't have to wait long, but by this time the sky was grey and the sun had disappeared. Despite this, the Kite came so close that I had to take some photos of it.

As I retreated to the car park I could the Kite in the distance heading towards French Island.

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Eastern Curlews at Reef Island

It was pleasing to see 10 Eastern Curlews on the shoreline adjacent to Reef Island in Westernport Bay today.  Shorebirds are gradually making their way back to the southern shores having seen 30 Red-necked Stints yesterday at Flinders.

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Banded Lapwing at Flinders

A short visit to Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula proved worthwhile after spotting a Banded Lapwing on the shoreline near Mushroom Reef. This is the first time that I've seen this species so it was a bonus on top of the flock of 30 Red-necked Stints and 2 Hooded Plovers.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Caspian Tern

Photographed from the banks of the Patterson River in Victoria, this Caspain Tern was continually cruising up and down the river looking for fish. I didn't see it catch any, but a group of 10 pelicans and 6 Pied Cormorants were having a feast.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo

On the way home from Point Nepean I traversed the coastal route via Cape Schanck and Flinders. On a stretch of winding road just past Bushrangers Bay I spotted about 20 Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos basking in the temporary sunshine on a dead wattle. For about 10 minutes they observed me as I took these photos.

Such a strange bird with its prehistoric calls, yet equally inquisitive and photogenic.
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