Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wonderful Werribee Week 25/9 to 30/9

I have been to Werribee 21 times this year, so far, but this is the first time I have ever been down there 3 times in one week. There was no particular plan, it just happened that way. Tuesday 25th was a nice day to go birding, and on Thursday 27th Marlene thought it would be a good place to go, and I agreed. On the 30th Kay came over from Adelaide to see the Oriental Pratincole that has been in residence for some time, so that was another good reason to visit. Thinking about it, there is always a good reason for a day at the Plant. 

On Tuesday the weather was beautiful and spring was really in the air. The swans have young swanlets following everywhere and the Fairywrens have all their flirt feathers on. 

Two of the many "swanlets" at the plan.

Superb Fairy-wren with all his flirt feathers on
The Red-necked Stints are back and feeding like crazy after their long flight but their feathers are all badly warn. There are some strange plumage colours around this year too with very pale stints and some sharpies that had me diving wishfully for the field guide.

Red-necked Stint with very warn feathers after a long hard trip

Curlew Sandpiper with strange plumage

On Thursday I got out of bed and wondered why I had agreed to go to the Plant again, in the wind and rain, but soon after we arrived the wind died down and the blue sky appeared to give us a beautiful day of birding.

Blue-winged Parrots with very blue wings

Brown Songlark

Brown Songlark

Eurasian Skylark

Pied Oyster-catcher

Bar-tailed Godwit

A shadow passed over me and I looked up in time to see this beautiful Spotted Harrier flying passed and away

On Sunday I wondered again why I had agreed to go to the Plant. Saturday had been bleak with driving rain and squalls. But as I drove to pick up Joy and then meet Kay the day improved by the minute and by the time we got to the Plant we had a bright sunny day, if somewhat cold. Kay had come over from Adelaide especially to see the Oriental Pratincole and sort of lucked out. I had seen it on Tuesday but not on Thursday, and now the day was cold and windy so I expected it to be hunkered down behind a bush somewhere, out of sight. As we got out of the car to unlock the gate into the Western Lagoon we looked up, and the Pratincole flew over our heads and disappeared, not to be seen again. Sigh. But at least she saw it, which is more than some people have done in the last few weeks.

Banded Lapwing on nest

Red-browed Firetail

European Goldfinch

"Chook" or Black-tailed Native-hen

Masked Lapwing with chick. She is sitting on two more eggs

Zebra Duck, part of a tight flock of 4,000 to 5,000 birds. A truly spectacular sight

Well, they used to be called Zebra Duck before they became Pink-eared Duck

When a bird lands on a sign right beside the car, you just have to take its photo

Duckling trying to emulate its mother, as instructed

Female Black Duck sinking ever lower in the water, trying not to be there at all

Ruddy Turnstone well camouflaged in seaweed as it digs around looking for food

Juvenile Banded Stilts on Paradise Rd lagoon

To add to the excitement at the Plant at the moment though is that the Tiger Snakes are out and about, and not always happy.

Allimages copyright Jenny Spry

1 comment:

  1. Love the Pink-eared Ducks. Always enjoy your photos, Jen.