Out And About.

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.

great egret


great egret

The terns were completely unconcerned about the photographer setting up a tripod and pointing a long lens at them, several were sporting leg bands like the one on the left.

terns


tern

Little Black Cormorants can be seen in huge numbers on the lakes, but on thinking back I can’t remember seeing so many at this location. Perhaps I just wasn’t there at the right time.

cormorants


cormorants

Well out in the lake small flocks of Grey and Chestnut Teal were cruising.

teal


teal

And, while photographing them, I noticed another distant bird diving and reappearing at intervals. A look through the glasses revealed a Darter, the range was extreme but a shot was taken.

darter

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.

darter

There is a White-bellied Sea Eagle’s nest adjacent to the lake that needed checking, but not before snapping a Grey Butcherbird hungrily scanning the ground from its vantage point on a power line.

butcherbird

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.

eagle nest


sea eagles

Following a tip from Ross, Lake Guyatt was the final destination to see the Freckled Ducks and Cattle Egrets, a swamphen enjoying the sun also got into the act. In all, a good day out.

lake guyatt


swamphen

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Five for Friday.

This grevillea is a particular favourite of the New Holland honeyeaters, there is plenty of blossom shielded by foliage that gives cover to the feeding birds. One bird condescended to come to the outside of the shrub for me.

new holland


new holland


new holland


new holland


new holland

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