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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

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