Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Wheelers Hill

A late afternoon and evening walk around the Dandy Valley wetlands produced a good list of bird species (50+) and a few nice photo opportunities in the evening light. I met up with a birding mate, John, and we hunted for elusive Crakes and Rails. We did finally find two Spotted Crakes in a shaded patch of the reeds.  While waiting for John to arrive I explored the Dandenong Creek for a few kilometres and found a good number of smaller birds and bushland species. Overhead the sky continually had birds flying into or around the wetlands: Swamp Harriers, Pelicans, Ibis and various species of Ducks. It is an impressive place that has only recently been created to help purify the creeks before they run into important wetlands at the coast and Port Phillip Bay. Well worth a repeat visit.

Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican

Black Faced Cuckoo-shrike

Black Faced Cuckoo-shrike

Dandenong Valley Wetlands

One of the lagoons of the Dandenong Valley Wetlands

Many of the lagoons are drying out and getting shallower which is perfect for the Sandpipers,  Crakes and Rails.

Wood Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis

I practiced my flight shots with the Ibis and found on processing that there was a Royal Spoonbill in the mix (the bird with the straight bill below)

Australian White Ibis & Royal Spoonbill

Australian White Ibis & Royal Spoonbill

Australian White Ibis II

Australian White Ibis II

Australian White Ibis III

Australian White Ibis III

Hundreds of Ibis flew in over the last 30 mins before dark. They came in large  V formations and circled the park looking for appropriate landing areas to roost for the night.

Australian White Ibis IV

Australian White Ibis IV

Wetland vegetation

Wetland vegetation in late afternoon light

2 responses to “Dandenong Valley Wetlands, Wheelers Hill

  1. Beautiful photos

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  2. Thanks Helen, these photos came at a price – a dozen mozzie bites on my legs, and right through trousers as well….tough mozzies out that way….

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