The Lonsdale Lakes of Bellarine

Over Easter I explored the Bellarine Peninsula, south of Melbourne and the  other side of the opening of Port Phillip Bay. I have not been down this way before for photography and birding so it was all new. I researched some tips from John (my birding mate) and hit a few sites over several days.

The first area was the Lonsdale Lakes starting at Lake Victoria. It is a flat area with wide mud banks and a fairly shallow lagoon. It is quickly drying out but obviously still has a good food supply for the various species I came across: Swans, Stilts, Red Necked Stints, Red Capped Plovers, White Faced Herons and Gulls.

The vegetation long the lake side and paths is low scrub, shrubs, grasses and salt -bush and various succulent type plants -all very tough and hardy for dry, salty and windy conditions. It is quite attractive in the right light too with many shades of green…

Lake side vegetation

The path along the lake’s edge

Lake side vegetation

Lake side vegetation

 Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover – a tiny young bird in a wide expanse, well camouflaged when hiding beside a small rock

 Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover

 Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover II

 Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plovers

 Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover III

Red Necked Stints

Red Necked Stints flying in

Swan

Many Black Swans were feeding in the shallow water and flying over to fresh feeding grounds

I watched this White Faced Heron for a while and took a few shots as it fed in the mud along a nearby creek. At one point it stood quite still, did a full body shake and then went back to feeding. It might be part of a grooming action or just bringing in more air under its feathers as the day got later and cooler.

White faced Heron

White faced Heron

White faced Heron

White faced Heron II

White faced Heron

White faced Heron III

White faced Heron

White faced Heron IV

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