Documenting Birdsland Reserve

I’ve been spending the past month walking at Birdsland Reserve, Belgrave Heights, and gradually photographing all the birds I’ve been seeing there.  I thought it would be good to create a gallery of the bird life there.  I hope you agree.  You’ll find the gallery here.

This is a male Australasian Darterbird.

Australasian Darterbird

And this is a female. Their feet almost look jelly like. Quite amazing.

Australasian Darterbird

This is the first time I’ve seen one of these in flight.

Darter Bird in flight

Cattle Egret

I’d mentioned how I’ve noticed different birds at the lake lately.  When I was walking the other day I saw two white birds take off from the flock of seagulls at the edge of the lake. I’d assumed, at first, they were gulls too, but when I noticed their shape and colour when flying, and the way they glided, I knew they weren’t seagulls after all. Never seen these at the lake before.

The Cattle Egret is found in grasslands, woodlands and wetlands, which will explain why I saw them at Lysterfield Lake Park. They also use pastures and croplands. Will also forage at garbage dumps, and are often seen with cattle and other stock. There are paddocks near to the park with stock on them so they may have come from there.

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

More ducks at the wetlands

Below, in order are:
White-eyed Duck (Hardhead Aythya australis)
Chestnut Teal (Male)
Chestnut Teal (Female)
Dusky Moorhen, I loved how you could see its feet paddling under the water

White-eyed Duck (Hardhead Aythya australis)

Mallard Duck

Spotted Duck

Common Moorhen

Ducks, Ducks, Everywhere

Visiting the Beaconsfield wetlands the other day there were quite a few ducks there, different ones that I was not familiar with.  I’ll post some more tomorrow.  These are Pacific Black Ducks. And yes, it was a gorgeous day. Great lighting and colour.  These birds are mostly brown in colour so I have no idea why they’re called ‘black’.  These ducks are quite common all around Australia and frequently found wherever there are bodies of water.  We’ve even had a couple at the bottom of our driveway in very wet seasons.

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Duck