Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Birds of Prey at Mary Glen.

The most birds of prey we have encountered so far during our Bird Trails surveys was at Mary Glen, a working cattle property in the Mary Valley. Seventy three species of birds were recorded during our stay, including Black-shouldered Kite, Spotted Harrier, a new species for me, Whistling Kite, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brown Goshawk, and we heard a Barn Owl calling during the night.

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Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis)

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Waiting Game.

Went out to Lake Alford the other day to see what photos I could get of the local bird life. Spotted this Pied Cormorant in among some White Ibis, and you would not believe it, the White Ibis kept walking and standing in front of the Cormorant just when I was about to take the photo. After much talking, with me saying to the Ibis " just move a bit more to the right keep going I can still see you look it's getting hot just move it will you", I was able to get this photo. 

Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius)

You can see the tail end of the Ibis to the right.
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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Phillip Island Cont.

As we wandered along one of the boardwalks of Phillip Island, we saw this Kelp Gull in the distance. 
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  Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus)

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)
When we reached one of the lookouts we saw this pair of Pacific Gulls on a rocky outcrop.

 Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)
This Little Penguin was taken on the mainland at St Kilda.

On Phillip Island we were lucky enough to see one in its burrow, they have a Penguin Parade at sunset. Go to the link below to read more about the penguins, and the relocation of people and their homes from the penguin breeding grounds, these being given back to the penguins. This was made as a TV series.

The water looked clear, cold, and rough.
Phillip Island coastline
Seal Rocks

Mangrove Walk Rhyll Inlet
Some of the vegetation beside the boardwalk.

The end of the boardwalk were the water channels through the mangroves

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Phillip Island Victoria

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As we were driving around Phillip Island we came across these Cape Barren Geese at one of the roundabouts.
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Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)

These Cape Barren Geese were at the Phillip Island Nature Park. 

After we left here we went to Rhyll Inlet and the Mangrove Walk where in the early 1980's there was a captive breeding programme for Cape Barren Geese and Magpie Geese to build up numbers after a decline. The remains of the enclosure are still there.

As the above photo shows, the programme has been successful as this one had 5 chicks in the wild.

Click on the link and scroll down to the Autumn Seasonal Walk article for more information on this area. 

Part of the coast line of Phillip Island
The Nobbies with a sea fog 
The Nobbies after the fog lifted
More of the coast line