Sunday, 11 May 2014

Hanging at the Beach (Onkaparinga River, Part 2)

In addition to the birds feeding in the estuary of the Onkaparinga River, there were many birds fishing and otherwise occupying themselves on the beach and rocks at the river mouth.

Island Sandbank, mouth of the Onkaparinga River, SA

Cormorants are always a favourite

Little Black Cormormorant, mouth of the Onkaparinga River, SA
Little Pied Cormorant, mouth of the Onkaparinga River, SA

but highlight of the morning was this Eastern Reef Egret, initially spotted from the steps down the cliff

Eastern Reef Egret
mouth of the Onkaparinga River, SA

but it allowed me to get amazingly close (these are nearly full frame shots (just cropped a little to tidy them up). Herons and egrets are usually fairly flighty but when they are concentrating on finding a meal...

Eastern Reef Egret, mouth of the Onkaparinga River, SA

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