Thursday, July 26, 2012

Feeding Frenzy


Following up a report from Birdline Victoria via Sean Dooley, I ventured to the eastern shoreline of Port Phillip Bay looking for a group of Fluttering Shearwaters seen feeding on a school of baitfish. I didn't find the 1000 odd shearwaters, but did come across the same number of Gannets going nuts over the same school. It was an amazing experience to see them dive time and time again making the bay look like a war zone. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More Birds of Prey at Werribee

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I had another special encounter with the many birds of prey at the Western Treatment Plant yesterday. There must have been 6 Swamp Harriers (top), 12 Black Shouldered Kites, several Brown Falcons including this sociable one, a Spotted Harrier, 3 Wedge Tailed Eagles, 3 Australian Kestrels (not pictured) and a Black Falcon (couldn't get close enough for a decent photo).

Friday, July 13, 2012

Birds of Prey at Werribee

 
 
 
 


A wet and gloomy day at the Western Treatment Plant which only got worse as the day went on. It seemed that behind every bush was a bird of prey of some description, often taking flight before I had even seen them.

The last photo was taken from about 200 metres away and has been severely cropped to show a Black Shouldered Kite attacking a Black Falcon over the Paradise Road lagoons.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Waterways

 
 
 
 


The Waterways estate near Braeside in Victoria is next to the Mordialloc creek and catchment area. Managed by Melbourne Water, there is a network of ponds and walking paths that provide refuge to many different species. I spotted my first White Necked Heron of the season and some Eastern Rosellas looking for a nesting site. The next photo is a New Holland Honeyeater followed by a White Browed Scrubwren.
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cranbourne Gardens



Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk? It appears to have an extended middle toe so I'll assume that it is a Sparrowhawk. As I walked past the Stringybark picnic area I spotted the Sparrowhawk watching over  the BBQ area waiting to ambush any unaware small birds.


This Swamp Wallaby was only knee high and didn't mind me being there, in fact, it was almost too close to photograph.


Spotted this Wedge Tailed Eagle from a distance but it flew off as I approached. The photo above is its nest and I'm hoping it is currently in use and not an old one.
 


This Brown Falcon was chased away by a pair of Black Shouldered Kites, one of which can be seen below.
 


This Crested Shrike Tit alerted me to its presence by tearing apart the bark on a eucalypt, revealing a nice juicy grub which it soon devoured.


Yellow Faced Honeyeaters are everywhere at the moment, as are White Plumed, New Holland, White Eared, and White Naped Honeyeaters/


Spotted Pardalotes are amongst my favourite little bird, so colourful and friendly/


A Grey Butcherbird takes off


This Common Bronzewing  shows where its name came from
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