Sunday, 2 October 2011

Spring has sprung at Lake Lorne

A quick visit to Lake Lorne in Drysdale this afternoon was rewarded with 23 species in 20 minutes: Silver Gull, Hoary-headed Grebe, Purple Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen, Eurasian Coot, Australian White Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Eastern Great Egret, Pacific Black Duck, Chestnut Teal, Australian Wood Duck, Hardhead, Blue-billed Duck, Noisy Miner, Eastern Rosella, Red Wattlebird, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Masked Lapwing, Common Starling, Australian Magpie, Magpie Lark, Black-shouldered Kite.

The highlights were:

a family of Black Swans feeding near the edge of the lake

Black Swan, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

two Blue-billed Ducks in a territorial dispute over the middle of the lake

Blue-billed Duck, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

and two Hardheads, close enough to the lake edge to get a half reasonable photograph (they are normally further away near the central island)

Hardhead, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

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