Birds of Barongarook Creek

The following images were snapped on my walk along the Barongarook Creek this morning.

1 – White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

White-faced Heron

2 – White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

White-necked Heron

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Eastern Great Egrets at Lake Colac

This morning on my walk I observed three Eastern Great Egrets feeding at Lake Colac

Eastern Great Egrets (Ardea modesta (alba)) are 83 to 103 centimetres in size, and have a long neck with a prominent kink. The neck is about 1.5 times their body length.

Eastern Great Egret,
Ardea modesta,
Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Eastern Great Egret

Eastern Great Egret

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Views of Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite, situated on the volcanic plains of western Victoria, is Australia’s largest permanent salt lake. At one stage its water was five times saltier than the ocean, however after good rains last year it is now considered to be as salty as the ocean.

Lake Corangamite

From atop Red Rock, a sleeping volcano, you over look the lake to the west. From that point there are also good views of the volcanic craters.

Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite has never been dry, however, with drought conditions over the past decade or more, the water level has receded. Good rains last winter has ensured the waterline has expanded by about 100 to 200 metres.

Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite

Lake Corangamite is one of nine Ramsar wetlands listed in the area. It is considered a vital part of the environment and to birdlife.

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Birds of February

The following photos are just some of the birds I encountered during the month of February. Fittingly, the very first bird I snapped on the first day of February was a Superb Fairy-wren. This female has raised several families over the past four or five years in my garden. (My very first photo of 2017 was her mate. The second is of her daughter. They were out together feeding on insects.)

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Dahlias in the Gardens

The following photos were taken during a recent walk through the Colac Botanic Gardens.

 

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Bird Portraits

The following photographs were taken over the past couple of weeks.

1 – Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

Red Wattlebird

This is a juvenile Red Wattlebird which was being fed by its parents, but, after the adult birds flew off to hide in the foliage of the trees, it remained to pose for me.

2 – Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

Common Bronzewing

After feeding on the ground, this female Common Bronzewing flew into a tree near my house. It sat motionless for what seemed like an eternity. It actually gave me time to go into the house and get my camera. Light conditions were very poor and to ensure I got the shot I increased the ISO setting to 800.

3 – Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird

At 27 to 35 centimetres in size, the Little Wattlebird is smaller than the Red Wattlebird, and is easily identified as it has no wattles.

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For St. Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I was going through my photo library and found some photographs which I thought were suitable for Valentine’s Day.

1 – Affectionate Galahs

Galah

Galah

2 – Courting Superb Fairy-wrens

Superb Fairy-wren

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