Just when I thought I’d seen it all

This Black Kite is such a confident aviator, that it can preen as it flies.

Bored from following a tractor in the field, it decided a little cleanup time was in order.

What staggers me is the amount of brain power going on to keep the right side up, going in the correct direction, finding the feathers in the breeze and figuring it all out ‘on the fly’.

The second shot – the headless one- shows if you look closely out from the top wing rhs a feather that has been discarded.
Definitely  don’t try this at home.

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Five of the most exciting moments of my life!

Well not really, but pretty heart stopping anyway.

Found three White-bellied Sea-eagles on the coast engaged in a bit of aerial one-up-manship.

I said it the other day on Flickr, but its easy to just accept that the big raptors, just lazily take their time, and sail along on the breeze.  But, they can if needed, turn on speed, zig-zag across the sky and reverse direction, just as easily as smaller birds do.

These ones spent quite a few minutes within good viewing before lazily heading back down the coast in a tight formation.

I don’t shot multi-burst, but if I did, I’d have filled the memory card.


Woodlands Historic Park on a wet day

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Sunday, in-spite of the doom and gloom of the weather’perts on tv started out sunny.
“Why not a look out at Woodlands, ” offered EE, and Why not? I replied.  Gear loaded, tea brewed, we are on the way.

By now the Flame Robins should at least have arrived, and might well have started to join together as a flock.   It has seemed to me, anecdotally, at least, that it takes about 2-3 weeks for the males to settle down and become docile enough for a flock to form.  No fighting for territory now.

As we started toward the backpaddock we also wonder if its been locked again for winter.  Part way down opposite the Weroona Cemetery there is an open area of Grey Box, and some small stands of prickly wattle.  It used to be the area of Primose and Lockie, but they have been gone for a…

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Werribee Wag Tales April 2015

Formerly called Werribee Wagtails, Birdlife Werribee had a day at the Western Treatment Plant.  Stories about that event and a few others are available in the Werribee Wag Tales Newsletter for download here, or from the Wagtails tab on the front page.

WER Wag Tales April 2015

The well travelled Tern

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I’m no expert on terns,  well to be honest, I’m like Winnie the Pooh, a bear with a small brain. So when it comes to id-ing them I’m probably not going to get it right all the time.

I’ve only ever come in contact with these terns once before.  Was with a group of birdos looking at about 14 birds sitting on individual posts in far out in the water when one said, “Oh, that bird 4th from the left is White-winged Black Tern.”  And then the ‘scopes came out and discussion ensued for the next 20 minutes or more, and to be honest, I couldn’t tell the difference between any of them.

And in the meantime, because that is the way of things, the birds have taken a new name. No longer Black, they are simply White-winged Terns.

It seems that there are two breeding areas, one in Europe…

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Dust Dancing

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Had the pleasure of the company of Edaurdo and Maria from Chile, on a day at the Western Treatment Plant. Of course on their list was Brolga.  And despite some good sightings the past few weeks, of course, we failed to find any at all during the day.

On the way out as the sun was slowly sinking in the west, as it apparently does regularly, we spotted a pair on a paddock that has been ploughed over by the Farm team.   With a light breeze to pickup the dust, and a softly setting sunlight, the stage was well prepared for a  touch of the prancing and dancing that these awesome birds are capable of.

Hard not to take lots of frames, and here is a short selection,  I’ve also made a slide show gallery that animates it a little.

Great way to end a day.



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Lake Louise

Here is a site from my mate Rob Parker.
Worth checking out.

My Random Photo Site

Several years ago, we did our first cruise from Alaska to Vancouver, followed by a Rocky Mountaineer trip to Jasper, then on to Calgary.  On the way we spent a day at Lake Louise – one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been to.

Lake Louise

I’m puzzled by the size of this image on this page.  It’s an 1800×1200 image, and I put it into this post in the same way as I’ve done with other images; I don’t (yet) understand why it’s displaying so small on this page.

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Willie Wagtail

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Not sure if you know. But if you click on the image it will go to a larger size Click a second time and it will go to full size. Worth it to see the priceless expression here Enjoy

This is Gate Willie.

It has a territory by the main gate at Paradise Road entrance at Western Treatment Plant.
His (?) job in the world is to give lectures to all those who would dare to open the gate and enter the Paradise Road area.
and a good job he does too.

Site Disclaimer

I’ve really been away from the day to day running of WordPress sites.  Just assumed everything stayed the same.


Its come to my attention that WordPress now ‘occasionally‘ (euphemism I suspect for consistently and annoyingly) insert Advertisements into my website when you are viewing it.

So the inference is either:

1.  I am making some financial gain from ads on the site. 


2. I’m a cheapskate and I won’t pay WordPress for the ‘Pro’ account that doesn’t use Ads.

So the facts.

I don’t make any financial gain from this site. Never. Didn’t start it with that intention and don’t intend to start. The site is not about me, or my photography, but rather about the birds and they receive no financial gain from the site at all.

I pay WordPress to host my http://www.birdsaspoetry.com site name.  They link it using all sorts of clever computer skills, (probably devised by some 11 year old kid in his bedroom at 3:00am in the morning), and I pay them a small fee per year for that privilege.  But, it is apparently not enough to prevent the ads.

As they want about $90. a year for the no ads site, I guess in the end I’ll have to put up the cash, but at the moment, if you are assailed by ads, then just click past them.  Sorry.

I am mortified that WordPress has taken this approach.  Still, nothing for nothing in this world. Just ask the Curlew Sandpipers trying to migrate through farmlands and housing estates in China where once they could stop over for a food topup in the mangroves.  Sad.

Hope you’re not put off by the ads.

Thanks for looking

Wandering with Werribee Wagtails at Western Treatment Plant on a rainy day.

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What ever, going out with about 30 happy, enthusiastic bird loving folk is always a good way to spend a Tuesday.  Rain or not.

Did I mention rain,  oh, yes.  Well as the morning proceeded on, the weather changed from average to going home dreadful.

Mr An Onymous was with me, and we decided to risk a trip around Lake Borrie to see if we could locate a flock of White-winged Black Terns.  These  birds have turned up and are voraciously feeding on insects, masses of them.

The rain went from falling to being blown horizontally, but didn’t stop the birds, nor your intrepid photographers.  But one has to say, the warming coffee at the Highway Lounge on the way home was probably the highlight of the day.

And to top it off…

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