Tag Archives: Great Egret

Kororoit Creek displays

Near Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve is the Kororoit Creek mouth opening into the bay. Low tide exposes a lot of mud and the roots of the mangroves. It is a good spot to walk along and look for a few species that may not be found at Jawbone. The walking and bike path is placed higher than the creek so there are many opportunities to photograph birds from different angles. The spot where I turn-a-round and wander back to the car is a roosting spot for many birds during the day. I found Straw-necked and Australian White Ibis, as well as pelicans, swans, egrets and Australasian Darters and Cormorants drying their feathers after a morning hunt. The Straw-necked Ibis were preening and squabbling with each other while resting on the rocks in the creek.

Straw-necked Ibis, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

Straw-necked Ibis, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

Straw-necked Ibis, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

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Darter, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

Darter, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

Great Egret, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

Great Egret, Kororoit Creek, Altona, Vic

Flight II

A recent visit to the Western Treatment Plant with the Port Phillip Birders produced a good day with many birds on display and good opportunities for taking flight images.

White Necked Heron

White Necked Heron, Weribee

Pelicans

Pelicans, Weribee

Great Egret,

Great Egret, Weribee

A Day in the Sun

A beautiful sunny day in Melbourne today. Met up with Dave E down at St Kilda Marina to look for some uncommon birds. No luck for me but we did find the more common birds and enjoyed some rare sunshine. Walked back up Elster Creek and ran into Gio (another local birder) and took a few more pics. Quite nice to be out and in the sun for a change – it has been so cold and wet lately.

Currawong, Elster Creek

Currawong, Elster Creek

Little Wattlebird, Elwood

Little Wattlebird, Elwood

Cormorants and Gull

Cormorants and Pacific Gull

Great Egret, Elster Creek

Great Egret, Elster Creek

Great Egret, Elster Creek

Great Egret, Elster Creek

En Plein Air Artist

En Plein Air Artist

A Western Gerygone: far from home

My local birder network sent through a message that said a rare bird had popped up in our neighbourhood – a Western Gerygone. It had been sighted down Elster Creek near the mouth. So after leaving work earlier than usual on Friday and having a few extra hours of light I headed down the creek to look for the little bird. It is usually found north the Great Dividing Range so we are not too sure why it has ended up along the Southern coast.

Along the way I found a Great Egret grooming between snacks.

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Great Egret

Eventually I found the Gerygone where it had been reported, flying over the creek from side to side with two little Brown Thornbills.

Western Gerygone

Western Gerygone

Western Gerygone

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Western Gerygone

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Western Gerygone

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Braeside Park in March

After our walk into the Woodlands Park wetlands we crossed over into the Braeside Parkland and had look around the usual spots. It was pretty quiet overall and the water has dropped considerably with many birds moving on until the lakes start to fill up again. I did mange to get a few interesting shots.

Great Egret

Great Egret on a dead tree roost in the middle of the evapourating lake.

Juvenile Butcherbird

Juvenile Grey Butcherbird

Superb Fairy Wren

Superb Fairy Wren -shot taken from the inside of the Bird Hide through glass. The Wren’s frenetic hunting in the grass and the window glass made for a strange effect.

Straw necked Ibis

Straw necked Ibis – straw neck feathers on show and as well as the vibrant colours the wings.

Straw necked Ibis

Straw necked Ibis II

Kororoit Creek: A waterway claimed by many…

I  explored a new area last week. The Kororiot Creek mouth opens out into Port Phillip Bay in Williamstown next to the Jawbone reserve.  To access the area you need to park at either the sports ground or next to one of the many fishing club shacks that line the Creek mouth on one side. As the nearby areas gentrify this part is fighting to stay the way it has always been – a working class fishing area/village. On the opposite side is a bank of salt marsh vegetation while on the village side it is Banksia trees and attempts at regeneration of creek side flora including White Mangroves. It is a remnant of the tidal wetland that ran right across this coastal area.

Further up the creek is the Mobile Oil Refinery Storage tanks. Considering the local birdlife including many migratory waders, it is surprising that such heavy can co-exist successfully with the wetland.

Great Egret,

Great Egret

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

Little Black Cormorants,

Little Black Cormorants – I watched these Cormorants hunt as a pack. There were 6 in the group working closely together.

Black Swan P81

Black Swan P81 – I reported the swan through the myswan link . See Jawbone link above for more details on tagged swan research. 

Pelican

Pelican

Pelican II

Pelican II

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant