Saturday, December 20, 2008

At Last ...

… a day away just devoted to birds.

G’day Readers,
Yesterday I went with Duncan to help with his wader count on Lake Reeve. (If you’d like to see some of the birds we saw – and a more serious report of what we found – click here.)

Overcast and windy was the order of the day, but we were both happy enough to be out birding again.
We began at the Seaspray end and were pleasantly surprised to see some water, if not too many waders. We’d just got started and Duncan spotted some waders on the far shoreline, as usual. We sloshed along the track for a bit in a vain effort to get a closer look through the scope for counting and identifying. Just then, the shire ‘mossie larvae eradicator’ came along in his machine. Despite pleadings and the offers of money from Duncan, he wouldn’t take us any closer to the birds. We moved on to Loch Sport and checked out the causeway. There was a little bit of bird activity here, along with the ‘Loch Sport Monster’- the one in the background.

We chose a spot out of the wind for lunch and had a visit from this little fellow. It appeared to be carrying a flag. As it moved around, it waved its flag up and down constantly. It would seem to be a signal of some sort, but it was a complete mystery to both of us. Can anyone out there help? (Hatchet Wasp - Evaniidae sp. Common, parasitise Cockroach eggs, the 'flag' is part of their long thin abdomen.)

After lunch we journeyed on a little further to Point Wilson, where we spent some time trying to identify the three species of Terns that were resting on a sand spit.

Although the bird count was not particularly high, the constant wind had tired us out a bit by now, so we ‘turned our heads for home’ basking in the realisation we’d seen some nice birds, some beaut landscapes and at last, some casual water in the paddocks!
Regards,
Gouldiae

8 comments:

  1. Good one mate! the insect is a Hatchet Wasp, just found it, it parasitises cockroaches apparently, a beneficial as well as curious creature.

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  2. A great day out by the sounds of it! Your landscape photos are great and add to Duncan's bird photos.

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  3. G'day DF,
    Thanks for the heads up on the wasp, I'll amend the blog - thanks. Disappointing reading the fact file - COMMON - don't think I've ever seen one before.

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  4. Thanks Mick,
    A 'day out' is nearly always great in our book. We didn't get the waders you get up there though!
    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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  5. Isn't nature great? Go out chasing birds to count, and come home with an intriguing wasp! Do you two picnic on honey sandwiches?

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  6. You blokes go out into the wider world and I slave in the kitchen preparing for Christmas. Something's not right :)
    I'm just jealous, and I did get out a bit today.

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  7. An entertaining read, Gouldiae, and no doubt a great day out in the wilds. There is rarely an outing in nature when there isn't some intriguing or unexpected sighting to keep us looking for answers.

    Cheers
    Gaye

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  8. Exactly Gaye. Thanks for dropping by.
    Gouldiae.

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