A few weeks ago a friend (Ron J) and I stopped by Pencil Park in Keysborough to have a look around and see what was new. It was a nice sunny day and pretty mild for a winter’s day but it was quiet with not many birds around. We watched the wetlands for a while and took a few shots of the birds like Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa) and Egrets getting a late afternoon feed.
This particular Moorhen had a determined look about it as it hunted around the fringe and ate what it could find in the foliage along the water’s edge.
Dusky Moorhen , Pencil Park, Keysborough
An evening walk last week took me to the edge of the local pond along Elster Creek. A few regulars were taking their own evening strolls, having late snacks, preening and bathing and I stopped to have a bit of a look…..
Australian Wood-duck – also called a Maned Duck due to their short black mane running down their necks
Australian Wood-duck – the Wood-Duck has very large families and often Aunts will help look after the brood – I have seen 28 ducks in a single family flock
Eastern Rosella – an adult and an immature Rosella were feeding on the flower buds and seed heads on the edge of the lake. They are usually quite flighty but allowed me to get closer than usual.
Eastern Rosella – it was a bit windy and a gust came a long at the right time.
Immature Eastern Rosella having a look back at me while he chews on a flower head.
Eastern Rosella – I find this bokeh a little weird.
Pacific Black Duck – bath time
Pacific Black Duck – water off a duck’s back
Pacific Black Duck III
Pacific Black Duck – the series of photos showed the duck’s head and body staying in place while the wings shook off the water – he flapped 3 or 4 times
Pacific Black Duck
Pacific Black Duck – all done , nothing to see, move along
A young Australian Wood-duck – last minute feed
Posted in Bird Behaviour, Birds, Victoria
Tagged Australian Birds, Australian Wood Duck, Bird Photography, Dusky Moorhen, Eastern Rosella, Nature Photography, Pacific Black Duck, Photography, Silver Gull, Victoria
Karkarook Park is an old sand quarry site in Heatherton that has been rehabilitated into wetlands, a large multipurpose lake and bushland. It is a good site for Birding (50+ species in a few hours) and photography. It is used by locals for exercise, fishing, dog walking and picnics. The wetlands are excellent for spotting the rarer waders like crakes and rails and often migrating birds will stop for a few days rest – Stilts, Dotterals and the very rare Little Bittern.
On my last visit I watched as some newly hatched Dusky Moorhen and Coot chicks took to the water and were fed by their parents. I was quite surprised by the size of their feet.
Dusky Moorhen Chick
Dusky Moorhen Chick II
Dusky Moorhen & Chick
Eurasian Coot feeding its chick small bits of water weed.
Eurasian Coot and chicks
Eurasian Coot and chicks II,
I was walking down one of the woodlands paths when I was buzzed by a Willie Wagtail that was clearly agitated. They can be quite aggressive with other birds and are a very good bush alarm giving a clear distinctive warning (chicka chicka) when something dangerous is nearby: snakes, foxes, large lizards etc. But they don’t usually worry too much about people. I stood still and had a look around and realized that just near my knees in a bit of scrub were 2 Wagtail chicks that must have just come out of the nest. They did not fly away and just watched the parent. I moved back a few metres and sat down next to a tree. The parent then ignored me and started to feed his chicks. The other parent was on the other side of the bush looking after a third chick.
Angry Willie Wagtail
Willie Wagtail II
An Angry Dad giving me the stink eye…..
Willie Wagtail fledglings – 3rd chick just visible to the right
Willie Wagtail fledglings II
Little Wattlebird II
Any guess why this bird is called a Red Kneed Dotteral?
The Red Browed Finch caught my attention when it flew up to the top of a fence line and started to bop up and down with a delicate grass seed stem. He put on quite a show for a few minutes but when the female ignored him he dropped the seeds and flew off….
Dancing Red Browed Finch
Great Cormorant drying out on a pier post – there are a number of Cormorants resident on the lake.
Posted in Bird Behaviour, Birds, Karkarook Park, Photography, Victoria
Tagged Australian Birds, Bird Behaviour, Bird Photography, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Little Wattlebird, Nature Photography, Red Kneed Dotteral, Victoria, Willie Wagtail