A few weeks ago a friend (Ron J) and I stopped by Pencil Park in Keysborough to have a look around and see what was new. It was a nice sunny day and pretty mild for a winter’s day but it was quiet with not many birds around. We watched the wetlands for a while and took a few shots of the birds like Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa) and Egrets getting a late afternoon feed.
This particular Moorhen had a determined look about it as it hunted around the fringe and ate what it could find in the foliage along the water’s edge.
Dusky Moorhen , Pencil Park, Keysborough
A late afternoon and evening walk around the Dandy Valley wetlands produced a good list of bird species (50+) and a few nice photo opportunities in the evening light. I met up with a birding mate, John, and we hunted for elusive Crakes and Rails. We did finally find two Spotted Crakes in a shaded patch of the reeds. While waiting for John to arrive I explored the Dandenong Creek for a few kilometres and found a good number of smaller birds and bushland species. Overhead the sky continually had birds flying into or around the wetlands: Swamp Harriers, Pelicans, Ibis and various species of Ducks. It is an impressive place that has only recently been created to help purify the creeks before they run into important wetlands at the coast and Port Phillip Bay. Well worth a repeat visit.
Black Faced Cuckoo-shrike
One of the lagoons of the Dandenong Valley Wetlands
Many of the lagoons are drying out and getting shallower which is perfect for the Sandpipers, Crakes and Rails.
Australian White Ibis
I practiced my flight shots with the Ibis and found on processing that there was a Royal Spoonbill in the mix (the bird with the straight bill below)
Australian White Ibis & Royal Spoonbill
Australian White Ibis II
Australian White Ibis III
Hundreds of Ibis flew in over the last 30 mins before dark. They came in large V formations and circled the park looking for appropriate landing areas to roost for the night.
Australian White Ibis IV
Wetland vegetation in late afternoon light
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