Driving around Western Treatment Plant

About a week or so ago, I got an email asking if I was going to the WTP and would I take a passenger. No worries, a chance to go to the WTP and have company was too much to pass up.
My new friend LynnTse (Lindsay to his Aussie mates!), turned up at the station, and we set off in what can only be described as great weather.
LynneTse is from Singapore and has a page over on Flickr

So I took the job of car driver, and tour guide and we soon found ourselves with birds to the left and the right, as you do down along the WTP tracks.
I spent most of the time working out where to position the car for him to get worthwhile pics, Dorothy played Spotter (and she is quite adept at said skill), and Lindsay, well he just burned his way through memory cards.
In the end we had Black Falcons, Spotted Harrier, Swamp Harriers, more Swamp Harriers, a family of Whistling Kites, Brown Falcons, more Swamp Harriers, Black-shouldered Kite -young and old, Swamp Harriers and wide range of waders. (didn’t find the elusive Broadbilled Sandpiper).
Needless to say it’s hard to do the driving and pointing thing, and take photos, so I amused myself by filling in some gaps on the more usual suspects.

Once again we all agreed over coffee at the Highway Lounge at Werribee that the WTP is for bird watchers and photographers, and those who like to escape once in awhile to a quiet spot, ” A truly magical place”.

Peter Paul and Pelican Portrait

Whistling Kite

Black Swans

Red-capped Plover and Reflections

2 thoughts on “Driving around Western Treatment Plant

  1. David & Dorothy, many thanks for a great trip out and for your kindness and patience in showing me around a truly magical place. The only thing that is more magical is Dorothy’s uncanny spotting ability to see stuff way before us .. Makes up for the raptor repellant ( ie me cos every time I try to approach one even at my most stealthiest, they just fly off ,!!) David commented that today’s trip was fairly quiet and ordinary… well, i will take it anytime!..:)..The variety and number of birds here are amazing and Melbourne photographers are so lucky to have this gem just at the doorstep. Hope to come back again … next time with my raptor attractor…:)


    1. G,day, LynnTze,

      It was a fun day, I think the birds enjoyed ti as much as we did. You managed to bring super weather, just a touch of breeze for the raptors to enjoy, and a great sense of fun and enjoyment to our little ramble.

      It is indeed a “magical place”, and we thoroughly enjoyed your company and the chance to show you around.
      A bad day out with the birds beats a good day at the office. Anytime.

      Hope to see some of your pictures and share some more time with you again.

      And she of the uncanny eye.


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