Tag Archives: Point Ormond

Point Ormond Coastal Reserve

The bush reserve below the Navigation Point at the beach along Elwood foreshore is full of small birds hunting the prolific insects currently available. The insect numbers have exploded due to the wet weather and perfect insect conditions. The local birds and a few migrating through are enjoying the bounty and are well under way with their breeding season. Both the species below seem to have an angry, annoyed expression when they look at you…

Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood

Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Grey Fantail, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

Taking a mouthful of insects back to the nest…

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond Coastal Reserve, Elwood, Victoria, 21 Aug 2016

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Pirate Kite of Ormond Point

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

Pirate Kite, Point Ormond, Elwood Beach, Victoria

 

Pirate Kite, Point Ormond, Elwood Beach, Victoria

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The White-browed Scrubwrens of Point Ormond

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, Point Ormond scrub, Elwood, Victoria

White-browed Scrubwren – looking for juicy morsels for the chicks

White-browed Scrubwren, Point Ormond scrub, Elwood, Victoria

The Scrubwren returning a grub to its chicks..