Saturday, October 25, 2008

Heyfield Wetlands

G’day,
On the way into town to get the paper this morning, I 'ducked' in at the wetlands for a quick look.

Not a lot about. I didn’t cover a lot of ground but was still a bit disappointed not to flush some Snipe. Hopefully they were at the other end.

This little family of Black Ducks and several Australasian Grebes were paddling, dabbling and diving on one of the Azolla covered ponds.

A small group of Weebills that always seem to be there, were flitting about in the tree tops along the side of one of the walking tracks. They were way too high and mobile for a picture.

This Butterfly however cooperated 'admirably', (well, almost), by landing on a tree trunk at just the right moment.

It was a pleasant if short interlude.

Regards,
Gouldiae

6 comments:

  1. Nice one of the ducks but are all the ponds covered with that much water weed?

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  2. G'day Mick,
    You're not an insomniac are you?
    No, not all the ponds get covered like this. There are 4 main ponds and they seem to take turns at Azolla blooming. The wetlands take a lot of town water run off, so there is probably fluctuating influxes of nutrient, in particular phosphorous apparently, that the Azolla likes.
    It's strange how in a day or so, the weed will be gone or have bloomed in another pond.
    The ducks don't mind it, they do graze it.

    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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  3. 'ow about the Baillon's Crake, didja see that?? ;-)

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  4. Nah, sorry DF, didn't see one. You could try page 152 in Pizzey & Knight!

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  5. I've been looking for a protein-rich boost. Think I'll compete with the birds for Azolla after getting taste in Wiki! ;-)

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  6. Great the way you lined the ducklings up behind Mum/Dad. Lovely shot, with the grebe as well.
    Denis

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