A rare calm sunny winter day demanded an outing and Lake Wellington was calling. On arrival at Marlay Landing the lake surface had just a slight ripple, the breakwater piles held Crested Terns and a Great Egret, the snags towards the point were covered with Little Black Cormorants, and a lone pelican was fishing next to the boat ramp. In another life, winter with its frosty mornings was the season to go fishing for Yellow-eye Mullet that gather in very large numbers in the waterways of the Gippsland Lakes. I didn’t have that in mind when I started photographing, but a little later the penny dropped. The birds were busy preening, but gradually the odd tern flew out into the lake, and the cormorants began to stream out in the direction of the Avon and Perry Rivers.
Great Egrets can be quite wary, so I photographed this one from the parked car, even then it only gave me time for two shots before it flew.
Then shortly later the diving stopped and the bird remained on the surface, another shot gave the reason, it had captured a large Yellow-eye Mullet, and that was when I understood the reason for the large number of cormorants.
The nest is a long distance away from the road, but viewed through the long lens looked to be in good shape, and a short distance away the adult pair were perched in a dead tree, all boding well for the next breeding event.
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