Sunday, 18 November 2012

Waterbirds Galore

I have driven past Lake Connewarre on the Barwon Heads Road 20 or 30 times in the last month, noting the large mixed flocks of waterbirds congregating on the lake and meaning to come back and investigate further but until today had not managed to find the time. Mid afternoon, backlit and a lot of heat haze so not the best conditions for photography but sometimes you have to take what you find...

Most of the birds are Eurasian Coot, thousands of them, with a few intermingled ducks and grebes.

Eurasian Coot, Lake Connewarre

There are also flocks of ducks--mostly Grey Teal--along with Black-winged Stilts. This flock was spooked by a Swamp Harrier flying low over the lake.

Black Swan and Grey Teal, Lake Connewarre
Grey Teal and Black-winged Stilt, Lake Connewarre

I also drove past the Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve. The shallow, ephemeral lakes along on Blackgate Road are usually good for ducks, herons, egrets, ibis and spoonbills but today I found a flock of hundreds of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints. I have seen the occasional small flocks of stints here before as well as the odd Red-capped Plover but this is the first time I have seen migratory waders in these numbers and the first time for Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.

Red-necked Stint and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve
Red-necked Stint, Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve

2 comments:

  1. Do you ever make short videos of these birds? They'd be great to see (and hear).

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    1. Hi Swan Pond,
      I have not yet started to use the video capability on my (now not so) new camera. Thanks for the reminder - I'll give it a go next time I find a suitable subject.
      Cheers, Ian

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