Weekend Wanderings: Birds in the Wild
Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Western Wetlands, or the Western Treatment Plant that is run by Melbourne Water. You need a permit to go there, or know someone with a permit, and someone with a key to the gate. I was lucky and got to spend the day with Chris from sv-takeiteasy. Chris has a permit and a key, she also knew her way around the area. Of course the best thing was that she knew what many of the birds were, and those she didn’t, she knew how to find out. It was an amazing experience, and I really enjoyed the day.
It was a little overcast and we could see rain in the distance, but I like the way the sky stayed a lovely colour for a while. Pelicans in the early morning.
Yesterday I showed you a photo of a Royal Spoon Bill at the Melbourne Zoo, here are some in the wetlands, scrapping the bottom to get some food. I was shocked when I saw them out there, just moving from side to side. They were very busy.
This was a lovely surprised who knew there were more Spoon Bills, this one is the Yellow Spoon Bill.
The photos of the Whistling Kite in flight would have to be among my favourites of the day. I was so surprised to see that they turned out when I got home. I have to say, I was really shocked. I got a few photos of them flying, which was even better.
What’s not to love about this one, the Purple Swamp Hen, if it has purple on it, then it is a star to me. Purple is my favourite colour. These guys were were everywhere, but a bit shy, so we had to be careful and quiet.
I had a great time at the wetlands and I want to thank Chris from sv-takeiteasy for taking me, it is somewhere I would like to go again as well. I used the Nikon D800, and put the Sigma 150-500mm that I have a loan of right now. I’m hoping to be able to try out the Tamron 150-600mm soon, it will be good to compare it. At the moment I have the Sigma lens on loan from a friend, not sure when he wants it back. I hope to get lots of use from it while I have it. I think I need more practice however.
Chris had this to add:
You do need a permit but it is well worth it: $20 for 2 years, +$50 deposit for a key which opens up every gate of a very extensive area. These wetlands are reputed as one of the best bird watching site in Australia. Every time I go there, there are different birds I have never seen before.
Here is a gallery with some more images. I took so many photos, but have just left it to a few birds. I will have to do another post or posts in the future. Good to have photos spare. I have Social Snappers this afternoon, we are off to Hanging Rock, which should be fun. I hope you have great plans for the day.