Friday, September 3, 2010

Heyfield Wetlands

G'day All,
We have a depression approaching with the promise of some good rain for a couple of days - we'll see - so I decided to duck into the local wetlands before battening down the hatches. Apart from the usual residents, Swamphens, Moorhens and Coots, there was a little bit of other activity on the water and in the trees.

A pair of Chestnut Teal and a pair of Black Duck were sharing a sunning log ...

Chestnut Teal + Black Duck

A Great Egret nearby was keeping one eye on me on the opposite bank and one on any movement in the water...

Great Egret

Just around the corner there was a pair of Grey Teal. Although described as Australia's most widespread duck, I've always found them to be a little scarce at times around here.

Grey Teal

Enough of the water birds, let's check out the reed beds and the trees. Bit early for some of our migrants but you never know.

This Pied Currawong kept calling and jumping ahead of me as I walked along one well treed track. (One of the nicest and most recognisable bush calls.)

Pied Currawong

The usual fleet of little bush birds was present, gleaning the euc leaves for insects. Wrens and Thornbills were present as usual and it was nice to come across a few Silvereyes and Spotted Pardalotes too.

Spotted Pardalote

Now for the reed beds. Don't like my chances here, all is pretty quiet. Hang on, what's that mournful little whistle? Could be a Little Grassbird. Never got a decent look or an even half decent photo of one of these. After a few glimpses I could see the bird was working its way along the reeds on the opposite bank, so I retired a bit and moved ahead to wait for it to come closer. Here's the best I could do ...

Little Grassbird
That'll do, a nice mornings work. Now, bring on the rain!



  1. A VERY nice mornings work, I'd say!

  2. G'day Mick,
    Very prompt of you and yep, very enjoyable too.
    BTW - I enjoyed reading about your trip. Nice to get away from home sometimes.

  3. We've got your rain down here! ;) I like the Pardalote shot, very nice.

  4. Enjoyable walk! Talking of migrants, here in truly winterless north (more so than ever this year) we seem to be being bypassed. No Latham's Snipe or Pied Imperial Pigeons hanging around close to town. On the other hand, mature Metallic Starlings barely left before coming back: some immatures didn't bother going at all.

  5. G'day Tony,
    Perhaps the seasons are-a-changin' after all! Got a phone call last night to say the Snipe are starting to arrive at Lake Guyatt in Sale.

  6. PS: We still haven't got the rain despite flooding elsewhere in the state?

  7. I think the Snipe we saw a couple of times will have left and headed down to you Gouldiae...... we've had so much rain recently that all our wetlands are overflowing again. And friends who are a 50min drive away on the Tablelands are watering trees this morning!