Melbourne’s western water treatment plant- What a huge supermarket!

cape barren goose and pelican

cape barren goose and pelican

When I was in Melbourne, I think I spent 70% of the time indulging in food! But surely I had to do some birding :P…and where’s a better place to bird than the Western Water Treatment Plant! It was truly an eye-opening experience (well, for me it was) to bird in Western Water Treatment Plant, which was only an hour drive from the city! This place was filled with lagoons, grasslands and coastline that provided an ideal and varied habitat for all sorts of birds! To bird in the water treatment plant, you need a permit! Click here for more information about permit application. 😛 😛

Pink eared duck and banded lapwing

Pink eared duck and banded lapwing

To beat the heavy traffic, I headed off at 0630, and arrived at the plant around 0740. There were gates to open to enter each zone area in the plant! So every time you opened the gate and drove your car in, you would have to lock the gate. Once in the plant, there were no shortages of birds- raptors, water birds, shore birds, bush birds, you just name it!! Having only spent 1/2 day in the area, I saw abt 50 birds, but I only took photos of  30 odd species (all new ticks!)… As I am writing this, I feel like going to Melbourne again, this time to do some serious birding! 😛

Royal spoonbill and Yellow Billed spoonbill

Royal spoonbill and Yellow Billed spoonbill

peregrine falcon and spotted harrier

peregrine falcon and spotted harrier

straited field wren and straw headed ibis

straited field wren and straw necked ibis

hard head, Musk duck and Black fronted plover

hard head, Musk duck and Black fronted plover

zebra finch and white fronted chat

zebra finch and white fronted chat

australian crake and white necked heron

australian crake and white necked heron

fairy martin, bushlark, golden headed cisticola

fairy martin, bushlark, golden headed cisticola

red capped plover, banded stilt, red necked advocet

red capped plover, banded stilt, red necked advocet

Australia- Sydney, Cattai National Park- Part 2 of 2

When I drove in the park, I didnt really know where to go. Fruiting trees and shrubs were plentiful, but no signs of birds. As I sat in the car, windows down- gazing dreamingly at the blue sky, I saw something gliding gracefully. “It’s a small plane gliding” I thought to myself. “Hmm, doesnt look like a plane….and it’s not Superman…” Only many seconds later did I realise its a Pelican. 😛

flying plane…I mean pelican!!

As I watch the “plane” glide away from me, a raptor flew towards the direction of the big bird! I just couldnt afford to miss this one! Grey Goshawk!

grey goshawk!

As I head back to my car, birds flew in from all directions, as if in a concerted behavior and landed in the patch of green right in front of me. Perhaps they were too busy with their breakfast…they didnt seem to be daunted by my appearance!

eastern spinebill

Red browed Finch

rufous whistler

Varigated Fairy Wrens

After an exciting hour ( there were more than 10 species), I was soon joined by a local birder (forgot his name, sorry!). I was truly amazed at his skills of pishing…something I have yet to learn. The guy was really friendly and knowledgeable- he helped me with some birds ID, and even pished a few birds for me!

scarlet honey eater

mistletoe bird

spotted pardalote

brown thornbill

As we drove on, we came to a golf course. On the other side of the course was a marsh wetland. We couldnt get into the wetland as it’s fenced all round.  But still, I managed to get the Australasian Grebe, Little Black Commorant and White Faced Heron. 😛

white faced heron

little black commorant and Australasian grebe

When noon arrived, we said our goodbyes and parted ways. My drive back to Sydney downtown was 1.5 hours ( I made a wrong turn somewhere ). >.<“