Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Phillip Island Victoria

This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday
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

19 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Pretty coastline! They are cute, I am glad to hear that the program has been successful. I like to hear that the birds are making a comeback. Great shots.

Gary said...

Great shots and an interesting post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's great to hear that the recovery program has been a success.

NewMexiKen said...

Looks like a beautiful and rugged place! The geese are so interesting-- it is so good that they are responding to efforts to increase their population.

mick said...

Great photos of the geese and certainly not a bird we see around here! The scenic photos are beautiful.

Indrani said...

Great series of shots. Good the programme is successful!

Pat said...

Such beautiful shots of the geese and the scenery!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

beautiful birds, beautiful coastline~

Stewart M said...

Nice post - and just down the road from me (well sort of!)

I've had some very noisy times down there banding tern chicks!

Thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Australia

Larry said...

Great shots of some very interesting looking geese Neil. They look like they're wearing boots! Love the coastline and also glad to hear that the recovery program is working.

Island Rambles Blog said...

that is a lovely area ...and the geese are so different looking from ours...nice to hear they are doing ok.

Jean said...

I love that the program worked and these cool geese are increasing in numbers.
Love the beautiful coastline pics!

Phil said...

Good to hear some good news about a recovery programme. Nice shots of the geese and landscape pictures too.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...these are amazing. I've never seen them, in photos OR in real time. Quite a treat for us. Thanks.

NatureFootstep said...

I love this kind of coasts. The goose has funny legs and a really sweet head. :)

Liz said...

What lovely geese - I'd love to come across these.
What captured my eye even more was the coastline of Phillip Island which I haven't been to visit since we moved north to Brisbane (from the Mornington Peninsula) in 1988. We used to visit Phillip Island every year and watch the fairy penguins come in.
I have a list gradually growing as I see more posts from Victoria. This year will be the first year I haven't flown south to visit my parents on the Mornington Peninsula since we moved away in 1988!

Debbie said...

beautiful images of the goose but that coastline is amazing!!

great capture of the fog!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful coastline and cute geese. Somehow I can't get over thinking how funny it is that they're called "barren geese" and yet they were successful in having chicks. (I do understand that Cape Barren is the name of a place and that's where the name came from, but somehow it strikes me funny!). And I'm very glad they aren't 'barren' in that sense of the word.

Pete Shanley said...

I reckon I could pick the location of that roundabout! Enjoyed the post (from a Phillip Island regular)!