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...
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.
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.)
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.
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 ...