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Braeside Birding

On the weekend I went for a walk around Braeside Park. I wanted to see if I could find any of the resident Tawny Frogmouths. I know quite a few of their regular roosting trees but with the breeding season well underway it can be a bit more difficult to find them. I only found one Tawny and it happened to be a large one sitting on a well made nest. The nests I have previously seen have been quite flimsy but this one looked more robust. Along with the Rainbow Lorikeets, and the nesting Tawny Frogmouth, I found a White-faced Heron, a wind-blown Black Shouldered Kite and a Wood Duck that seemed confused by my antics – I was standing on the walking path with my binoculars looking up into the trees looking for Tawny’s. I heard a squawk and just above me was the duck. It must have had a nest in the tree hollow or  it would not have stayed on the branch so close to me…

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Tawny Frogmouth, Braeside Park, Victoria

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White-faced Heron

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Black-shouldered Kite

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Australian Wood duck

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trying to figure out what I was doing…

 

An autumn evening along the Rosebud Foreshore

As the final site of a weekend of birding down the coast a few weeks ago, I walked along the Rosebud foreshore beach just enjoying the company of friends and a nice Autumn evening. I took the camera along just in case something interesting was discovered. I practiced shooting on several birds and tried to sneak up on a few others ( a bit tricky with friends, kids and dogs everywhere)

Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

Rosebud Pier, Victoria

Silver Gulls, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

Silver Gulls, Rosebud Foreshore

A White Faced Heron was hunting in the water with a technique that I had seen Silver gulls use in a similar way – it would lift its leg out of the water, slowly move it forward and down and then wiggle it agitating the sand. It would then pounce on anything that moved.

White Faced Heron, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

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White Faced Heron, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

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White Faced Heron, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

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I noticed a Black Shouldered Kite patrolling the beach and the nearby scrub looking for mice. A large Silver Gull took a dislike to the Kite and tried to chase it off. The Gull is a master of flying in all conditions and I expected it to move the Kite away from the area but the Kite just kept turning at the last second and the gull would over-shoot. The Silver Gull did not give up easily and it was beautiful to watch the unconcerned Kite twist and turn away from the chasing Gull. It made the larger Gull look clumsy.

Gull and Black Shouldered Kite, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

Silver Gull and Black Shouldered Kite, Rosebud Foreshore

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Gull and Black Shouldered Kite, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

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Little Wattlebird, Rosebud Foreshore, Victoria 12 April 2015

Little Wattlebird feeding on the nectar of a Banskia flower. 

The Lonsdale Lakes of Bellarine

Over Easter I explored the Bellarine Peninsula, south of Melbourne and the  other side of the opening of Port Phillip Bay. I have not been down this way before for photography and birding so it was all new. I researched some tips from John (my birding mate) and hit a few sites over several days.

The first area was the Lonsdale Lakes starting at Lake Victoria. It is a flat area with wide mud banks and a fairly shallow lagoon. It is quickly drying out but obviously still has a good food supply for the various species I came across: Swans, Stilts, Red Necked Stints, Red Capped Plovers, White Faced Herons and Gulls.

The vegetation long the lake side and paths is low scrub, shrubs, grasses and salt -bush and various succulent type plants -all very tough and hardy for dry, salty and windy conditions. It is quite attractive in the right light too with many shades of green…

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The path along the lake’s edge

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Lake side vegetation

 Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover – a tiny young bird in a wide expanse, well camouflaged when hiding beside a small rock

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Red Necked Stints

Red Necked Stints flying in

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Many Black Swans were feeding in the shallow water and flying over to fresh feeding grounds

I watched this White Faced Heron for a while and took a few shots as it fed in the mud along a nearby creek. At one point it stood quite still, did a full body shake and then went back to feeding. It might be part of a grooming action or just bringing in more air under its feathers as the day got later and cooler.

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