Tag Archives: Coolart Wetlands

Defending the Roost

With Spring in full swing, everywhere I go at the moment I am seeing signs of the change of season and birds well into a new breeding season. I watched for a while as Australian White Ibis started to claim spots on the roosting platforms at the Coolart Wetlands. Ibis would claim a spot and then defend it against new fly-ins with much show and bravado, leaping at each other and snapping away with their long bills. While I was watching at the bird hide a curious Yellow-Faced Honeyeater popped onto a stump in front of my viewing spot to investigate the strange object poking out of the hide and making all the clicking noise.

White Ibis, Coolart Wetlands

White Ibis, Coolart Wetlands


White Ibis, Coolart Wetlands

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White Ibis, Coolart Wetlands

White Ibis defending his patch against interlopers 


Yellow Faced Honeyeater Coolart Wetlands

Curious Yellow Faced Honeyeater, Coolart Wetlands


Flowering Green She-Oak, Coolart Wetlands

Flowering Green She-Oak, Coolart Wetlands

World’s smallest Cuckoo – the Shining Bronze

The Shining Bronze Cuckoo is the worlds smallest Cuckoo. They are often heard in woodlands but not often seen. The Cuckoo is parasitic, laying a single egg in the nest of small Thornbills, Gerygones and Scrubwrens. The new parent then raises the chick as its own. The one below I found at the Coolart Wetlands watching a small group of Brown Thornbills.

Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Coolart Wetlands

Shining Bronze Cuckoo – well camouflaged 

Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Coolart Wetlands

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Shining Bronze Cuckoo, Coolart Wetlands

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Coolart Homestead and Wetlands

Another drive to the Mornington Peninsula to look for a few photogenic birds at my regular spots. Started off at Coolart Homestead and Wetlands. Coolart is a late Victorian mansion with formal and informal gardens built on the shores of  Westernport Bay. It has a significant wetlands area with several viewing observatories and hides. A good day of exploring the wetlands, gardens and woodlands can result in a list of 50+ bird species.

Coolart Homestead, Somers

Coolart Homestead, Somers

Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Juvenile Eastern Yellow Robin waiting for his breakfast

Juvenile Eastern Yellow Robin waiting for his breakfast

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Spinebill

Eastern Spinebill

 

Lathams Snipe

Lathams Snipe – a secretive wader that migrates down from Japan for the Australian summer

Black Fronted Dotteral

Black Fronted Dotteral

The Pink Eared Duck is a favourite that does not turn up all that often. I regularly  find a small flock here at Coolart. They are a communal species and love to preen and bicker. The pink ear can be hard to see as they are quite flighty when in large groups on open water (like at the Weribee Pooh Farm). Due to the bird hide near one of their sand bank roosts one can be close enough to see the markings quite clearly.

Pink Eared Duck

Pink Eared Duck

Pink Eared Duck II

Pink Eared Duck II

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow