A day out with the Werribee Wagtails Group

Now that we’ve made the move, some things get a bit easier.

The Werribee Wagtails are an informal group of birders amalgamated with Birdlife Australia.  They have a monthly day out and about, and we’ve taken to tagging along.

This particular day was Jan 7th.   And the area covered included the mouth of the Werribee River at Werribee South.  Very cold in the morning with icy winds blowing over the water.  Still we managed a good range of water birds including a Red-capped Plover scampering back and forth among the seaweeds.

A truly wonderful place called “The Cliffs” at a right angle bend in K Road, opened up to wonderful vistas across the river, and a range of beautiful birds.

From there a trip to a special carpark at Werribee Mansion, and a lovely walk down to the river flats and back through the vegetable and fruit gardens on the flats.  And we found about 8-10 young Whistling Kites and a similar number of Black Kites who were working along the river.

I’d go back again just for that.

In one of the river crossing we found some Purple-headed, Musk, and Rainbow Lorikeets, one of the Rainbows appeared to have a nest.  Or was raiding someone else’s.    To top it off the “Kee, Kee Kee, kee” of a Sacred Kingfisher who sped by us with a couple of flybys.

Then on to the Cache Coffee shop and produce Store.  If you are in the area, include this great place for great food and coffee, and amazing local produce.  Another reason I’m happy we’re local.

Cormorant.
Cormorant.
Goldfinch.
Goldfinch.
Great Eastern Egret
Great Eastern Egret
Sacred Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
Black Kite
Black Kite
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