|Pink-eared Duck over Lake Borrie|
There was a huge high pressure system stalled right over Melbourne so last Tuesday was calm and cold. A thick fog was slowly lifting off the treatment ponds and it wasn't until midday that the sun finally burnt through.
|Male Australian Pelican with a rainbow of colours|
|Pair of Pelicans on the calm waters of Port Phillip bay|
|In full colour and with a small crest raised. Spring is coming.|
There are a few Curlew Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints still around but I went down to look at the ducks and the other waterbirds. Courting is just starting and the Musk Ducks put on a wonderful performance with much posturing, splashing and calling and the Pelicans are developing their full bill colour.
|This displaying male attracted two females ......|
|surveyed them both....|
|selected one and left with her while still displaying|
Winter is definitely a slow time at the treatment plant but it is a beautiful place on a cold, calm day.
|Both the Great Egret and the Little Egret went for this fish, but the Great Egret won|
|Starting a fishing attack. The head will come forward and turn on the side so that the bill and its extended pouch can be swept through the water to trap fish.|
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