|See the white dot?|
No, I didn't take this photo at Werribee. He is a beautiful bird, well worth a flight down from Sydney.
There were quite a few people at Werribee yesterday, attracted by the possibility of seeing a Northern Shoveler. There was some drizzle in the morning, but there was little wind and the birding was great. Once we'd ticked our target species, all stress had gone and we settled down to enjoy ourselves.
We managed 70 species for the day. Yes, I know others achieve 100 without any effort, but this is May, and I was quite happy with 70. As usual, we saw plenty of raptors. There were lots of Black-shouldered Kites, Swamp Harriers, Brown Falcons and Whistling Kites. We had wonderful sightings of a Spotted Harrier and a White-bellied Sea-Eagle sat atop the artificial forest, surveying his kingdom. Banded Stilts have taken up residence at Werribee at the moment and have pushed the Black-winged Stilts into the sea.
Banded Stilts are very handsome birds. I'm delighted to be able to enjoy them at Werribee. We had great views too of Striated Fieldwren (at the gate near the boat ramp on Beach Road) and Little Grassbirds, which I hear much more often than I see. We saw a few Australian Spotted Crakes and some sweet Zebra Finches.
We went home very happy with our day's birding, and, needless to say, our Sydney friend was delighted with his tick.