Saturday, 6 May 2017

First of the Orchids

Some photos below of the first of the early Orchids. Checked out Swallow Lagoon 10 days ago, and called into Beverley's Rd, after Bird watching outing last Wednesday. Just to put some perspective on the size of these Small Mosquito Orchids, the buds on the top photo measure about 6mm in length.

 Small Mosquito Orchid Beverley's Rd.

 Small Mosquito Orchid Swallow Lagoon.

 Parsons Bands Orchid. Swallow Lagoon. This is the first one of these Orchids I have seen and the only one I could find at Swallow Lagoon.

Small Mosquito Orchid Swallow Lagoon.


Ross.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

More from the Common and Lake Guyatt.

 Young Butcher Bird on grass at Lake Guyatt.

Sacred Kingfisher on the road to the Swing Bridge.

 This little bird was in the reeds at Lake Guyatt; but I can't name the species.

This is the last of the Lathem Snipe to leave Lake Guyatt.

Ross.

Sale Common

Have been visiting the Sale Common quite frequently over the past few months, at least twice a week. Whistling Kites are in abundance as are the Sea Eagles, Pied Cormorants, Little Pied Cormorants, Black Cormorants, Darters, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Royal Spoonbills, Pelicans just to name a few.
 Great Egret.
 Whistling Kite sitting above his nest, below is a young Yellow -billed Spoonbill near his nest. This is the tree where 4 Yellow-billed Spoonbills were raised with the Kite hovering above.
 Sea Eagle on the wing.
Whistling Kite.

Ross.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Lakes Entrance

Following on from the latest Heyfield Birdwatchers blog, below are a couple of photos of Cormorants. It was difficult to take reasonable photos from a moving boat, so i only have a couple of good ones.

 
After our 2 hour trip on the boat we lunched at Nancy's shack on the beach side of the lake and then we were taken back to our cars by the water taxi.
Five of us then headed off to the Colquhoun Regional Park about 10 Kilometres from Lakes Entrance towards Bairnsdale. We only walked about 50 metres along the track and came across a very busy Rufous Fantail. It was difficult to get a decent photo, so the following is not the best; but at least I did get a photo.



Ross.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

I have been keeping an eye on this Yellow-billed Spoonbill nest over the past few weeks, situated opposite the water trough about half way through the Sale common walking track. Following are some photos of the progress in the nest.

 This 1st photo was taken on the 1st December 2016, looks like the female is sitting on the eggs whilst the male stands guard.
 December the 7th still sitting.

 24th December there are 2 chicks. One parent standing guard.

 24th December different angle to try and see the chicks better.

 30th December 2 chicks have really grown, and two more chicks have hatched, on the right of the nest.

 13th January the nest is now getting crowded, 4 fairly large birds plus 1 parent.

  13th January different angle.

21st January 2 older chicks are out of the nest and the younger ones standing in the nest. 

This photo was taken on my walk back past the nest, one of the parents is back on the nest and the four chicks are all on the nest.
All these photos were taken from about 60 yards so they are not as clear as I would like them to be.
As an aside there are 2 Raptor nests in this same tree, so the spoonbills have done well to survive.

Ross.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

More Orchids

I drove over to Glenmaggie Weir last week to check out a popular spot for orchids and was quit surprised at the variety I found, this was at the corner of the Heyfield Glenmaggie Rd and Tinamba Glenmaggie rd. All were found in a patch of scrub and gravel on the roadside.
Could not find any Small Duck-orchids; but will look further.

 Purple Beard-Orchid

 Red Beard-Orchid
 White Beard-Orchid
 Large Duck-Orchid
Spotted Sun-orchid.

Ross.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Orchids

Had a free day today, so decided to do some birding. First stop off was Nicholson Rocks, north of Newry. Birds were very scarce, mostly small birds high up in the canopy, so no photos. The Orchids were a bit more productive. The first find was a Wax Lip and then a couple of Lady Fingers, Small Duck Orchid, Nodding Greenhood and Maroon Hood.
 Wax Lip Orchid.

 White Lady Fingers.

 Pink Lady Fingers.

 Dainty Wasp-orchid
 Maroon Hood Orchid.

 Nodding Greenhood.

 White Lady Fingers.

We then drove onto the Briagolong Red Gum Forest,to check out the Leopard Orchids, and found an abundance of Yellow Moth Orchids and Leopard Orchids.

 Yellow Moth Orchids.

 Leopard orchids.

Yellow Moth Orchid.

Ross.