Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hoary-headed Grebe

At the McNeilly Wetlands yesterday I enjoyed a few moments watching a pair of Hoary-headed Grebes do their ‘grebey thing’ – duck diving for some tucker in the deeper water. It is nice to know these birds have found this wetland right in town. For some reason I’ve generally considered the hoary-headed to be far less ‘urbanised’ than the australasian – wrong again!

I also ticked this Painted Lady warming up on the footpath.

I enjoyed my brief time with the birds and my grand-daughter enjoyed the playground.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Freckled Ducks

While helping the Heyfield Birdwatchers with a Gippsland Lakes IBA survey a few days back, I took a few moments off to record with the camera some of the Freckled Ducks on Lake Guthridge at Sale.

The Freckled Duck is Australia’s, indeed the world’s rarest waterfowl species.

I’m always impressed to see that their numbers at Sale seem to be quite stable. This time we recorded 500 sheltering under the overhanging tree branches on the shoreline of the lake.

The bird is vulnerable to drought conditions, loss of habitat, (wetland drainage) and illegal hunting. It is good to see that at least in this little corner of their world, the Freckled Duck seems to be surviving.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Thou merry little silver-eye 
In yonder trailing vine,
I, watching, failed to spy
That secret nest of thine. 

Apologies to James Francis Thomas, (or is that James Thomas Francis?)