Wagtails visit Western Treatment Plant

Ahhh,   a tour update and trip report.

The Werribee BirdLife group had their monthly outing yesterday and visited the Western Treatment Plant.
The weather has been predicted to be sunny and hot, so it was with a touch of bemusement that we headed off down the highway in the fog!

But it did give us a lovely cool morning, so the sulking photographer in me just had to make do for awhile.

Travelling with the Wagtails (Werribee Birdlife in a former name), is a fun experience.  There is a great deal of knowledge of the birds, and the area, and the social activity makes for a fun filled and well fed day.

We went down to the T Section, an area that is fast taking on hero status as a Red Phalarope has come down to visit over.  Perhaps to the uninitiated a bit hard to spot, but once seen the frenetic activity of the bird makes it reasonably easy to locate. And especially if the tour leader. (D Torr esq.) lines it up in the spotting scope at the start of the activity.

Here is a quick take from some of the events.

Black-shouldered Kite, in pursuit of a really annoying Raven
Black-shouldered Kite, in pursuit of a really annoying Raven
A Welcome Swallow decided to join in the chase.
A Welcome Swallow decided to join in the chase.
Down at the beach, the Red-necked Stints are really putting on the weight now.
Down at the beach, the Red-necked Stints are really putting on the weight now.
White-fronted Chat: Female
White-fronted Chat: Female
Whistling Kites at play
Whistling Kites at play
Whistling Kites at Play
Whistling Kites at Play
Whistling Kite
Whistling Kite
A nice find. Banded Stilt
A nice find. Banded Stilt
The amazing T Section ponds. Spot the Red Phalarope for extra points!
The amazing T Section ponds. Spot the Red Phalarope for extra points!
Sharp-trailed Sandpiper. Trialling the travelling equipment.
Sharp-trailed Sandpiper. Trialling the travelling equipment.
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4 thoughts on “Wagtails visit Western Treatment Plant

  1. What a great place to bird David! The Whistling Kites appear to be doing the mating ritual, but it seems a bit late for that, so maybe they are just having fun! Love your photos as always very stunning, thanks for sharing. You certainly are privileged to get a walk through Werribee it looks like bird heaven!

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    1. Hello AB, the first person to take me round the Plant called it a “Magic Place”, and its something that I try to bring out in the photographs and to those who I’m fortunate enough to travel down there with.

      The Kites I am pretty sure are just playing. There was about 12-15 on the day, and perhaps they are young unmated birds just being teenagers. One of the things we’ve seen them do is to carry something into the air and then drop it while those below jockey for position, to catch it, and then that one takes it high up to drop it and the game continues.

      We did however yesterday find a pair that have refurbished last years nest and seem pretty intent on making an attempt at nesting. Time will tell.

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