Monday, October 29, 2012

Don't leave valuables in your car

While I was out photographing birds at Flinders in Victoria, someone smashed my rear window and stole my camera bag containing a Canon 550D, 3 lenses, a video camera, and various accessories.

I lodged a report at Rosebud police station and have since installed a chrome extension called Stolen Camera Finder. If any photos using this camera are uploaded to the web then hopefully I will be able to track it down.

Not a happy chappy at the moment, and tomorrow it will cost me more than $400 to replace the glass.

I find it to be quite sad when you can't go somewhere for fear of being robbed or vandalised.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ducks and Ducklings at Coolart



Immature Blue-billed Duck?


Chestnut Teal


Not sure about this little fella, it was on its own feeding in front of the bird hide. A rather strange bill, maybe a
Grey Teal chick. Don't know where the rest of its family was.


Australasian Shoveler, she had 5 youngsters in tow.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Echidna

 
 
 
 
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I come across echidnas quite often but I have never seen one at the base of a cliff overlooking Bass Strait before. It couldn't find anything to eat so it wandered back up the cliff for better pickings.

Red Capped Plover Nest and Eggs

 
 


The Red Capped Plover might end up as endangered as the Hooded Plover. They build their nest just beyond the high tide mark on beaches and are easily disturbed by dogs and human traffic.

The top 2 photos show a nest on Reef Island and they should be safe from predators with human traffic the most likely danger. The plover in the 2nd photo is feigning injury.

The next 2 photos show a single egg at Jam Jerrup with a sole parent. This area is frequented by unrestrained dogs and will probably get eaten.

Dog owners need to be more responsible during breeding season and a public awareness campaign would be a good idea.


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Striated Pardalote at Nest

 
 


I had the good fortune to stumble across a Striated Padalote going in and out of its nest in the hollow of a tree. It didn't mind my presence but I couldn't get a shot in direct sunlight.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Eagles Have Landed

 
 

I have been observing a pair of Wedge Tailed Eagles for a couple of months as they went about tidying their nest, laying and now hatching. I believe there are two hatchlings in the nest now and the parents are very watchful. These photos were taken from a safe distance of more than 100 metres away.

Spotted Pardalotes nest building

 
 
 
 
 

As I was walking through Cranbourne Botanical Gardens yesterday a pair of Spotted Pardalotes perched less than 3 metres from me. I waited patiently and they returned to digging out their nesting site just a short distance from where they nested last year.  I'll keep an eye on them over the coming weeks and hopefully there might be some sunshine so I can get some better photos.