Ibis Rookery

At Box Bridge, near Kow Swamp

I’ve finally taken the time to look more carefully at what is all around me. I have learnt that there are three types of Ibis in Australia and two appear to be in the picture above. The white ones are just that, White ibis, once known as Sacred ibis and now affectionately known as “bin-chickens”. The darker birds are straw-necked ibis. They have straw like feathers on the front of their necks. The third type, The Glossy Ibis I have yet to see.

Gathering along every edge of the water
A single image doesn’t do the numbers justice

They were everywhere. For some reason unknown to me they have congregated at this particular spot this year. Other years have seen them gathering in different locations in the area. There are huge numbers of them.

Silo Art

Silo Art has become very popular in little towns scattered throughout Victoria. While travelling around we couldn’t help but notice them.

This is at Brim
This one (above) is at Rosebery
This is at Sea Lake
Also at Sea Lake

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Black-fronted Dotteril

This bird is sometimes called a Black-fronted Plover. I found it poking along in the muddy edge of a lake at Wooroonook, in Central Victoria, Australia, while I was out camping for the weekend..

It runs along and stops very suddenly. I found it difficult to get it in focus because of all the sudden movement Busy little thing.

For Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge. I’m just learning to take photos of birds. I find it so much more difficult when the subject keeps moving!! At least flowers don’t fly off on you when they realise you are there. But there is a great feeling of achievement when I can actually recognise a bird in the shot. I have so much respect for the skills of bird photographers… and I will keep trying to improve mine.

Travelling Around.

How wonderful to be able to hitch up the Avan and go off camping. This isn’t my typical style of blog post, but I thought it might be interesting to some.

Here’s my first camping spot. It was at a place with a typical Aussie name, Wooroonook, located near Charlton, Victoria, Australia. There was a lake and camping was permitted around it.

I did manage to find a few birds to photograph.

We moved on to another remote spot called Green Lake, 10 kilometres south of Sea Lake. It was another ‘puddle’ of water. Even though it was a long weekend, just one speed boat with water skier was active. It was a very peaceful spot.

On the way we passed through a tiny town, whose claim to fame was this gum tree. Bullock’s Head was the name of this spot. Can you see the bullock’s head in the shape of the burl?

They had also been gifted this metal sculpture fish from the 2006 Commonwealth Games celebration. It was one of 72 giant fish sculptures that were on barge floating down the Murray River in Melbourne. 60 were offered to local councils across Victoria. Each fish represented a different country, The fish, the Nassau Groper represented Belize. How strange to see it out in the middle of nowhere!! The other 71 are scattered around the state.

White winged Chough nest

The White Winged Chough builds these amazing mud nests. From a distance these birds look like crows, until they take off in flight. They have very noticeable white flashes on their wings.

They also have amazing red eyes,

And their long curved beaks look mean.

They live together in groups. We found quite a lot of these nesting along a stretch of bush track.

One day I will try to take photos of them when they leave their nests!