I walked around Braeside Park last week with a few friends. It has been a while since I have explored this part of the park having spent more time recently looking around the neighbouring Woodlands Industrial Estate wetlands. With all the rain over winter the lagoons have filled up nicely and there is a lot of fresh growth. There was quite the buzz around the park as many parrots, lorikeets and cockatoos searched for and explored every hollow they could looking for suitable nest sites. Once claimed the nest sites are vigorously and noisily defended. The highlight of the day was a large dead tree with a quite a number of hollows that seemed to be occupied by Red-rumped Parrots – a parrot apartment block. While it is still Winter here, one can definitely feel the change coming as the birds move into gear for the new breeding season.
Rainbow Lorikeets, Braeside Park, Victoria
Female Red-rumped Parrot exploring a hollow
Male Red Rumped Parro waiting for the female to pop back out with a decision…
Red-rumped Parrots – male guarding above and the female enjoying a little sun in the nest hollow below. Her duller colouring is well suited for long stints at the nest
Posted in Bird Behaviour, Birds, Victoria
Tagged Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Braeside, Braeside Park, Lorikeets, Nature Photography, Nesting hollows, parrots, Photography, Rainbow, Red Rumped Parrot, Victoria, Woodlands Industrial Park
A beautiful spring evening in Elwood, I got home early enough today to go for a walk along Elster Creek to the golf course lake. While ducking wayward balls (only 3 near misses today), I spotted a pair of young colourful male Red-rumped Parrots feeding on grass seeds at the base of a raised tee box – I assume young as they did not fear me at all as I sat down to take a few pics and when I laid right down they actually moved in closer and fed only a few feet away…
Red Rumped Parrot, Elster Creek, Elsternwick
Red Rumped Parrot
I will show you why I am called a Red-Rump…
When I visit the You Yangs I usually pop into a local bird and animal sanctuary at the base of the You Yangs Range. It is little known park close to Melbourne, free to visitors, with breeding programs for several rare birds. It also maintains a sanctuary for injured birds and animals, some too badly injured to be released. It is a great place to see and photograph rare and hard to find birds. The aviary birds are used to people and so are quite relaxed and offer photographers a good chance to get in close. Around the site are many wild birds breeding and taking advantage of the abundant food and protection. There are some large wetlands and many migrating visitors. The park also has resident populations of emus and Brolgas.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
Emus are free to wander around and don’t bother people too much.
Emus – these two snuck up behind me to see what I was doing (unsuccessfully trying to photograph a family of Black Chinned Honeyeaters)
Emu and chick walking and feeding along the edge of the main lagoon – the chicks are very cute and there were a number at the Sanctuary but considering how protective (and big) the parents are I kept my distance.
Black Wallaby – relaxed and snoozing in the shade.
Black Wallaby II
Magpie Geese – several thousand were spread across all the lagoons and wetlands.
Magpie Goose – does not quite make my top 10 prettiest birds list…
Tawny Frogmouth – nocturnal specialist and master of camouflage.
Tawny Frogmouth II
Bush Stone Curlew
Red Rumped Parrot
Red Rumped Parrot II
Buff Banded Rail – secretive wetlands bird that birders only usually get glimpses of – but at Serendip there is an aviary full of them that allows for long views and many photos. In fact you have to be careful while you move around taking pics. They get under your feet while looking for insect snacks.
Buff Banded Rail II
Large Whistling Kite nest – the Kites were still around and making a nuisance of themselves amongst the nervous flocks of Magpie Geese
Cape Barren Goose – this one followed me around the Wallaby/Kangaroo Pen – he must have been expecting a feed. He made me a bit nervous as every time I turned around he was a few steps closer to my backside.
Posted in Animal, Birds, Victoria
Tagged Australian Birds, Black Wallaby, Buff Banded Rail, Bush Stone Curlew, Cape Barren Goose, Emu, Magpie Goose, Nature Photography, Red Rumped Parrot, Serendip Sanctuary, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Tawny Frogmouth