The real Point Cook.

Until I went to have a look at the Cheetham Wetlands in Altona Meadows I never knew that there was actually a geographical landmark of Point Cook. I thought it was just an outer fringe suburb of South Western Melbourne.

There is an old homestead and cafe nearby and an easy to reach carpark. There is a path straight down to the beach and a short walk along the beach to Point Cook. Another path from the carpark meanders through the grass fields to the wetlands observation tower.

The Actual Point Cook

The Actual Point Cook

A quick visit to the Point at high tide produced quite a few shorebirds feeding along the edge or preening and resting on the rocks.

Red Necked Stints

Red Necked Stints

Red Necked Stints II

Red Necked Stints II

Red Necked Stint

Red Necked Stint

Crested Terns

Crested Terns

Crested Tern II

Crested Tern II – on processing I noticed the tern wore a silver band on his right leg

Crested Terns and Curlew Sandpipers

Crested Terns and Curlew Sandpipers

Melbourne CBD Skline from Pt Cook beach

Melbourne CBD skyline from Pt Cook beach

A walk along the beach and then following a vehicle track brought us to the tower with views of the city and over the wetlands. At this time of year (late Summer) the wetlands are quickly drying out. I assume that the creek below the tower is being fed by the suburban street runoff from recent rains.

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower – through the heat haze

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower II - an interesting design - fanciest bird hide I have ever been to...

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower II – an interesting design – fanciest bird hide I have ever been to…

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower III

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower III

Cheetham Wetlands  Observation Tower old nest

Cheetham Wetlands Observation Tower with an old nest

Cheetham Wetlands from Observation Tower

Cheetham Wetlands from Observation Tower

Cheetham Wetlands from Observation Tower II

Cheetham Wetlands from Observation Tower II

Cheetham Wetlands from Observation Tower III

Cheetham Wetlands from Observation Tower III

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