Yesterday I briefly caught up with the Bass Coast Birdwatchers at the Kitty Miller Wetlands on Phillip Island. The wetland is a restored/re-vegetated component of a wildlife corridor project conducted by the Phillip Island Nature Parks and Phillip Island Landcare Group. Bass Coast Birdwatchers regularly monitor various sites within the project.
Kitty Miller Wetlands is a stronghold for the Cape Barren Goose, (a most peculiar goose of uncertain affiliations - Sraml etal. 1996). The geese were present in good numbers yesterday, 100+ and plenty of guano. A recent survey on the island recorded almost, (?), 2000 birds.
Other interesting birds on or near the water included Red-capped Plovers, Musk Ducks, Black-fronted Dotterels, Wedge-tailed Eagles, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Hoary-headed Grebes, Swamp Harriers, White-fronted Chats, etc.
I arrived a little early and put on the billy in the carpark at the nearby Kitty Miller Bay.
Blue-wrens entertained me while I swallowed my coffee and biscuit, by posing on a nearby dry tangle of branches just begging to be snapped.
PS: Sophie and others, the little lilac and yellow flowering herb is Creeping-monkey Flower, (Mimulus repens)....