Thursday, January 31, 2013

Brown Goshawk at Braeside Park

I've always found Brown Goshawks difficult and elusive to photograph so I was quite happy to get this opportunity at Braeside Park. A Black Shouldered Kite continually swept upon this bird and I was directly under the action for a birds eye view. It appears to be an immature bird and at times it was between myself and the sun.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shorebirds at Stockyard Point

I ventured to Stockyard Point on the eastern side of Westernport Bay yesterday afternoon hoping to see some shorebirds and while I didn't observe a great deal of variety, I was compensated by great numbers of Curlew Sandpipers and Red Necked Stints. Also present were many Gull Billed Terns and Whiskered Terns.

 
 


A Brown Falcon made a brief appearance and the ensuing chaos could not be captured by my telephoto lens. Note to self: always take a wide angle lens in the kit.
 


Some Red Necked Avocets dropped by late in the day.


A non breeding Little Tern rests alongside some Curlew Sandpipers.


Pied Oystercatchers are always present.


Three different Terns: Caspian, Whiskered and Gull Billed.
 
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Great Crested Grebe and more at Braeside Park

A pair of Great Crested Grebes were busy feeding their young in front of the bird hide at Braeside Park yesterday afternoon, allowing photo opportunities despite the glass windows.

 
 
 
 


Walking around the ponds proved to be fruitful with many more sightings of the lesser seen species including these Pink Eared Ducks

and freckled ducks

Whiskered Tern

Great Egret

Black Fronted Dotterel

Black Winged Stilt

Yellow Billed Spoonbill
 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Great Egret and Little Black Cormorant



The Little Black Cormorant herds the fish but the Egret takes it 


The cormorant realises what's going on


and chases the egret


but the egret is not letting go and escapes with the prize
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Summer Birds at Coolart



Cattle Egret


Angry Birds


Cattle Egret


Cattle Egret


Blue Billed Duck (female)


Pair of Cattle Egrets


Freckled Duck
 


Cattle Egret


Latham's Snipe


Hoary Headed Grebe and chick


Freckled Duck


Great Egret
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