Saturday, 19 March 2011

Western Treatment Plant - Birds not in flight

Along the way and after the Birds in Flight session, I also got a few others:

Probably the most common bird at the treatment plant but it's always good to find them like this

Welcome Swallow, Western Treatment Plant

Common in most Victorian wetlands but unusually rare at the treatment plant, we found this Dusky Moorhen at the T-Section lagoon 4.

Dusky Moorhen, Western Treatment Plant

Godwits are starting to develop breeding plumage

Bar-tailed Godwit, Western Treatment Plant

By mid afternoon, the wind had dropped to almost nothing creating mirror surface on many ponds giving some great reflections

Little Egret, Western Treatment Plant

I found five species of terns today but the highlight was this lone Little Tern resting on a log

Little Tern, Western Treatment Plant

and one of my perennial favourites, this one giving itself a pedicure

Golden-headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant


  1. I enjoy reading your posts Ian, you go to places that I haven't been to. Keep up the good work.

  2. That's an interesting photo of the Godwits with so many orange flagged ones. Are they flagged around there?

  3. Ian, could you do an equipment post? Are you shooting 300mm or 600mm with a converter?

  4. @Mick
    I'm not sure where the research is being done on Godwits but there are a lot of flagged birds around the western side of Port Phillip Bay and the Bellarine Peninsula

  5. @Dale
    The flight shots on previous post were with 300mm f2.8 + 1.4x convertor and handheld, this page 300mm f2.8 + 2x convertor and tripod mounted.

  6. @Dale,
    except for the Welcome Swallows which was 300mm f2.8 + 1.4x convertor and handheld


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