I had a few hours to make use of today while the ute was having a service. I headed for the wetlands, as I tend to do if I have some spare time in Sale. It was cold and foggy, but by the time I got to the interpretive shelter, probably a 3km walk, I’d warmed up somewhat.
I headed for the lookout but found the final bridge was still down from the last flood – more than 12 months ago!
The main boardwalk has been repaired though, so I set off for a quiet stroll along its length. The birds were a bit quiet. I heard the calls of the Grey Shrike-thrush, Eastern Spinebill, Whistling Kite, Red Wattlebird, White-eared Honeyeater and a few others, but I didn’t see too much. In places on the boardwalk, the light wasn’t too bad. A couple of times I caught a family of Blue Wrens working over the reed beds for their morning feed.
As I tried for a picture or two, I was thinking that there is hardly a habitat in which I haven’t seen these wonderful little birds – mountain forests, coastal scrub, open woodland understorey, town parks and gardens, wetlands and everything in between. Great little adaptors I reckon.
The fog would thicken up now and then, and at times it was particularly quiet and eerie.
I headed back along the road and crossed the canal on the old bridge in Maxfields Rd, turned left and headed for the back end of Lake Guyatt. I’d probably walked something like 6 km by now, mostly on well formed and maintained walking trails or boardwalks. We’re pretty well catered for really. Lakes Guyatt and Guthridge have extensive and well used walking tracks too. The fog on Guyatt was just starting to lift, and a lone Pelican was cruising in the distance.
A little further on I could see some ducks sitting and waiting for the sun to come out. I didn’t have my binoculars, but I’d be fairly certain they were part of the Freckled Duck population that seems to have made this spot their base for the time being. As I passed under a flowering gum, a Red Wattlebird caught my eye. Amazing how well they can be camouflaged. The tree was not particularly dense. I was just concentrating on the one individual, waiting for it to get into some sunlight. Eventually got a couple of shots and went to walk off, and 4 of them flew out of the tree!
I crossed onto the Lake Guthridge track next and came across this Darter with the now stronger sunlight directly behind him, so that he appeared to be doing a Batman impersonation. Back up into town. A cuppa and croissant, an hour of shopping and back down to the garage. About 5 hours worth all up. “Ah, your vehicle is not ready yet sir, could you come back in an hour, or if you like you can make yourself comfortable in our lounge area and help yourself to a cup of coffee.” That’ll do me thinks I, having just purchased a fungi field guide that needed perusing.
Pleasant morning, if a little expensive.