Monday, April 15, 2013

Western Treatment Plant, Werribee

Birdlife at the Plant is spectacular at the moment. Huge flocks of ducks cover the ponds and Whistling Kites are seen in flocks of 10 to 20 birds. Welcome Swallows are in big flocks too, as are the Australian Shelducks and Pink-eared Ducks, both of which are present in their thousands. There are plenty of Red-necked Stint showing good breeding colours but I was surprised to find a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in breeding plumage.

It is nice to see that there are 6 Brolga at the Plant at the moment, an adult pair with two full grown young and a second adult pair. And there are always surprises to be seen on a visit to the WTP; last weekend we had a Magpie Goose floating off-shore amongst a flock of Australian Shelduck.



Little Raven

Little Raven

Whistling Kite

Welcome Swallows in all their glossy finery. 

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in near full breeding plumage

Little Raven harassing a Swamp Harrier. I like the way the Harrier has adopted a swift-like wing shape in an attempt to escape the annoying raven
Swamp Harriers are so wary I find it hard to get a photo of one sitting.  This one knew it had been seen but remained just long enough for me to get a photo

Magpie Geese are not common in Victoria and are usually seen near or on fresh water ponds and lakes. For some reason this bird chose Port Phillip Bay for a rest.

All images copyright Jenny Spry

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