Along the Elwood foreshore behind the life saving and fishing clubs is a small grove of mature Banksia trees as well as wattles, sheoaks and acacia bushes and trees. In spring it is a good spot to find Little and Red Wattlebirds attending their young. The Red Wattlebird below was bringing back small insects to its pair of young. The begging was incessant and is what drew me to the tree from the other side of the picnic ground. It was going to take many visits and small flies to make the chicks happy…
Red Wattlebird, Elwood beach foreshore, Elwood
Nothing like a walk on a lovely spring’s day after so much bad weather. I am pretty lucky that I can walk out my back gate down the local creek and to the Elwood beach. Along the way I can find all sorts of interesting things to photograph. On this occasion I found a juvenile Little Raven waiting patiently to be fed, a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike hunting for food in a large Plain Tree and a beautiful Silvereye at Point Ormond. I am so focussed on the birds that I often forget to take a few landscapes for the context…I promise I will next time…
Silvereye, Point Ormond, Elwood
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Elster Creek, Elwood
A young Little Raven waiting for a feed.
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When looking for birds to photograph you sometimes find other odd things to watch. In the open area below the navigation tower at Point Ormond I enjoyed the skill of this kite flyer with his pirate ship kite. Considering its complex form and all the moving bits it flew remarkably well. The Point is a well known area for kite flying though lately the flyers have been squeezed out of the larger open ground due to it becoming the landing zone for a local parachuting business. I like the idea that the pirate ship was probably breaking the local council rules…
Pirate Kite, Point Ormond, Elwood Beach, Victoria
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At Elwood’s Point Ormond is a section of old seaside vegetation. Much of the area has been cleared with just a few scraps of native vegetation left. In this small pocket beneath the Point and its navigation tower, live a few species of birds – Superb Fairy-wrens, Brown Thornbills and White-browed Scrubwrens, with many other species stopping by for a feed and rest while migrating elsewhere – Rainbow Lorikeets, Black Faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Pink Robins, Grey Fantails, Singing Honeyeaters and Silvereyes to name a few. On the last few visits we have been watching a nest of Scrubwrens and the busy parents feeding their chicks. A visit on the weekend seemed to indicate that the chicks had fledged and had moved from the nest but were still being fed by the parents.
White-browed Scrubwren – looking for juicy morsels for the chicks
The Scrubwren returning a grub to its chicks..
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On a walk along the Elwood foreshore with a few photography/birding friends we found this Crested Tern on the stone pier. We have often seen Crested Terns here and this one was quite comfortable with us walking up quite close to take a few photos. Later when reviewing the images I noticed that it had been tagged. I have photographed another Crested Tern last year that was also tagged. The Tern’s scientific name is Thalasseus bergii – Thalasseus from Greek “fisherman” and Bergius, a German museum specimen collector , from the early 1800’s.
Crested Tern, Elwood Beach, Victoria
Walking along Elwood beach on the weekend, I noticed a wedding taking place on the balcony of the Elwood Sailing Club. Having only taken a few photos of a starling I was itching to photograph something a bit different…it was an interesting viewpoint to shoot the ceremony…
Elwood Beach wedding, Elwood, Victoria
done and dusted, and an embarrassed flower girl….
A fisherman hoping for the big one…off Elwood Beach breakwater this afternoon…
The Fisherman, Elwood Beach Breakwater
“Even in the midst of the storm the sun is still shining.” Dayna Lovely
The Port Phillip Bay coastline is always an interesting place for a walk in any conditions. This is another image from the 18 April series. I had low expectations of any decent shots due to the light and rain squalls but a break in the weather and a burst of sunlight can produce some interesting options. After this shot was taken, wild weather come up from the South and we had to make a dash for home with cold arctic winds giving us a push along…
Jacobs Ladder over Port Phillip Bay, Victoria 18 April 2015