Pied Cormorants

A pair of Pied Cormorants (Phalacrocorax varius) were basking in the sunshine at  Jawbone Reserve on a chilly winter’s day.

 

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Pied Cormorants
(Phalacrocorax varius)

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Paisley Challis Wetlands

The Paisley Challis Wetlands is one of five significant sites in Hobsons Bay that provide important habitat for a large number of migratory and resident shorebirds.

Created in 2003, by restructuring the Paisley and Challis stormwater drains to form a series of wetland tidal ponds. These ponds with reeds filter out the urban pollutants to provide valuable habitat for local flora and fauna.

 

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Tidal filtration pool – Supporting spoonbills and other waterbirds

 

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Royal Spoonbills roosting
(Platalea regia)

 

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Paisley Drain

 

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Paisley Drain – View from the footbridge

 

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Plaque

 

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White-faced Heron 
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Paisley-Challis Wetlands

The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) was well hidden behind that bush (above photo). I only saw it when it moved his head and, out of the corner of my eye, noticed its white face.

 

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White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
With its catch at the Paisley-Challis Wetlands

 

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White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Enjoying its catch at the Paisley-Challis Wetlands

 

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A pair of Royal Spoonbills 
(Platalea regia) – in a tidal filtration pool

 

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Ducks
(Anas superciliosa)
swimming in the Paisley Drain, Paisley Challis Wetlands

 

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Sign

 

 

 

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Jawbone Reserve

Last Friday, I was able to visit the Jawbone Conservation Park. Weatherwise, I could not have picked a better day. After a week of dull grey skies, Friday was the complete opposite – bright blue sky and warm autumn sun.

I entered from the carpark at the intersection of Maddox and Kororoit Roads and headed east along the Bay Trail.

 

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Paisley – Challis Wetlands Stormwater Drain – iPhone image.

 

 

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A pair of Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) were feeding in one of the wetland ponds.

 

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A distant shot of one of the Black-winged Stilts,
(Himantopus himantopus) feeding in a wetland pond.

 

Australasian Darter

A male Australasian Darter,
(Anhinga novaehollandiae)

 

Royal Spoonbill

A Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) – Preening under the watchful eyes of the Australian White Ibis.

 

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A female Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) and a Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Further down the trail, a Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) was busy diving for his dinner.

 

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Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

There are too many photos I wish to share so I will save them for future posts.

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Little Raven

The following photograph is of a Little Raven (Corvus mellori) which I took on a recent walk around one of my favourite birding places: Jawbone Reserve.

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Little Raven

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Birding at Jawbone Reserve

The other day I made my first visit for 2017 to Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve. I find this Reserve a good spot for birding – especially waterbirds.

On entering the Reserve, my first sighting was the juvenile Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) sleeping in the reeds. There was a strong cool breeze blowing and the reeds gave them protection.

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Black Swan

Most of the birds were inactive, the Pied Cormorants (Phalacrocorax varius) were busy preening while others were content to look on.

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Pied Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

If travelling to Melbourne I can highly recommend a visit to Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve.

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