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Flinders Birding Minute (or two)

I drove down to the Flinders Ocean Beach today, also called Mushroom Reef due to the shape of the exposed reef at low tide. It is part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. It was high tide and I walked along the sand looking for Hooded Plovers and other waders.

 

A birding minute or two at Flinders Ocean Beach

 

Singing Honeyeater, Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

Singing Honeyeater in the strong wind, Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

Singing Honeyeater, Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

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Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

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Second Cove, Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

Second Cove, Flinders Ocean Beach

Juvenile Hooded Plover, Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

Juvenile Hooded Plover (without the signature black hood)

Double Banded Plover, Red-necked Stints, Flinders Ocean Beach, Flinders, Vic

Double Banded Plover, Red-necked Stints

Elster Creek Birding Minute

My second recorded birding minute took place today at Elster Creek Wetlands. I walked through the local golf course and into the wetlands. (Photos taken with my small Canon Powershot)

A Birding Minute:

 

Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick

Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick

Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick

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Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick

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Melbourne Street Art – Best of February 2017.

The selection below was some of the best street art I found in February 2017 . A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The photos were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes and a few other laneways around Melbourne CBD  – all images taken with an iPhone 6S  .

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A new bird drops by…

I walked along Elster Creek and into the wetlands a few weeks ago and watched a large Heron circle the wetlands and land in the shallow water. It attracted my attention as it was larger than usual and had a different flight shape – I had first thought it was a white-faced heron, but it did not look right. I moved along the edge of the wetlands until I could get a better view and was surprised to find a White-necked Heron. The first I have seen locally. I have usually seen them much further inland. While watching the heron two more came from behind the reeds and were immediately harassed by the roosting Silver Gulls. The local birds are not used to this large Heron and were dive bombing the herons when they moved around the wetlands hunting. When spooked the Heron raises its neck feathers in an aggressive display to make it look bigger and meaner. The three herons hunted around the small lake for the day and then moved on. I have not seem them since. There are many reports of this species around Melbourne at the moment and I believe that after a good breeding season further inland to the north they are now moving around as the inland wetlands dry out in late summer.

White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

Silver Gulls were harassing the Heron as it hunted in the shallows

White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

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White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

A Juvenile White-necked Heron

White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

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White-necked Heron, Elster Creek Wetlands, Elsternwick, Vic

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Serendip Sanctuary

Serendip Sanctuary at the base of the You Yangs, South-West of Melbourne,  is a good place to practice your bird and animal photography. I like to visit the sanctuary a few times a year and see what wild birds have turned up. The Bush Stone Curlew and the Scarlet chested Parrot were in a walk through aviary along with many other species that are quite used to people. The Bush Stone Curlew uses it stillness and camouflaged plumage and freezes when threatened or nervous. While walking through the aviary we had to wait for the bird to stop freezing and move out of the way. It had to be hunting insects as it did not have to walk on the track we were on. The Scarlet-chested Parrot is rare in Victoria and usually found in inland Australia. The Magpie Geese are actually wild and are often found at Serendip especially when the water levels are higher. They are not the prettiest bird around – remind me more of a vulture than goose. Apparently they are very good eating in Northern Territory.

Bush Stone Curlew, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Bush Stone Curlew, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Scarlet chested Parrot, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Scarlet chested Parrot

Scarlet chested Parrot, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Swamp Wallaby, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Swamp Wallaby

Magpie Goose, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Magpie Goose, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Magpie Goose, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Melbourne Street Art – Best of January 2017 Pt2

The selection below was some of the best I found in January 2017 (Part 1). A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The photos were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes and a few other laneways around Melbourne CBD (ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place, Union Lane) – all images taken with an iPhone 6S and uploaded as taken, i.e. no editing. (An interesting way to try and improve general photography skills)

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Melbourne Street Art – Best of January 2017 Pt1

I like to wander the laneways and alleys of Melbourne looking for the latest in street art. This selection was some of the best I found in January 2017. A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The artworks below were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes and a few other laneways around Melbourne CBD (ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place, Union Lane) – all images taken with an iPhone 6S and uploaded as taken, i.e. no editing. (An interesting way to try and improve general photography skills)

Melbourne Street Art - January 2017

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