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Birds are back.

Bird posts have been light on recently, as I mentioned before I haven’t been able to get out much, but managed a walk today. The wetland trail at Sale Common is not yet officially open, the bridge has yet to be installed, but I had a sneak preview after a tip from JG. I didn’t cover a great distance, but it was enough to show me that there is a lot of birding potential there. The trail passes through some nice red gum territory holding plenty of blue wrens, striated thornbills, yellow robins, and grey thrushes to name a few. Water birds were not all that numerous, perhaps they have all gone to Lake Eyre to join in the breeding frenzy. I did see however grey and chestnut teal, black duck, swamp hens, pelicans, herons, and best of all, several darters. The first one I saw was soaring overhead, I quickly got a shot of it, and then not far along the trail found one perched out over the water that allowed me to get quite close.

darter


darter

When I was returning I noticed a White-faced Heron hunting on the far side of the water. It was stalking through the shallows, and when it spotted something its movements were almost imperceptible. Then came the strike, successful.

white-faced heron


white-faced heron


white-faced heron

Small birds feeding low down in some scrub turned out to be silvereyes, the light was poor in the shade and they weren’t all that co-operative, but I was happy with the best of the shots I took. Good to be back amongst the birds.

silvereye

Click to enlarge, full screen for the vertical darter.

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