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Portraits of a Black Swan

While I was paying a lot of attention to the Black-winged Stilts that were resting and preening on the rowing platforms on Albert Park Lake in inner Melbourne, a pair of swans cruised up to my side and waited patiently to be fed. These semi-tame swans are used to being fed by people at the local picnic tables. Being empty handed I took advantage of their tameness (and hunger) to practice my portrait shots.

Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Melbourne

Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Where is my food?

Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Eye and bill markings are unique to each Swan

Black Swan, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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The delicate Black-winged Stilt

One of the stranger looking birds we have in our local area lists is the Black-winged Stilt. More normally found on open shallow wetlands it was a bit unusual to hear about a pair spending the winter at the Albert Park Lake (where Melbourne’s F1 street  race is held). My birding mate Dave had mentioned how good the Lake was for birding and it wasn’t until recently that I actually visited with him for the first time to find and photograph birds. The Stilt is a delicate medium sized mostly white bird with long legs and black wings. The Stilt feeds using its long sensitive bill, in shallow water mostly plucking small insects on the surface of the water.

Picking up this pair was a nice addition to my local birds list.

Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria

Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

I had not noticed the Stilts red eyes until I processed these images…

Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Makes the Silver Gull look short and dumpy

Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Black Winged Stilts resting after a feeding session…

Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Black Winged Stilt, Albert Park Lake, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Wearing his nice little mohawk hoodie…