Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Birds return to a re-established wetland, Phillip Island

Fishers Wetland is a very accessible wetland situated on Phillip Island.  With sealed road access just a few minutes off the main Phillip Island Tourist route, car park, boardwalk and bird hide things don't get much easier. During a recent visit I took some time to read the explanatory signage which talked a little of the history of this re-established wetland (at bottom of post).

Here's a little of what I saw this day.

White-plumed honeyeater was the "honeyeater of the day"

White-plumed honeyeater. This bird demonstrated its acrobatics while feeding on inset larvae (I think) in the bushland section of the wetland reserve



There were a few comings and goings.


Black swan
Black-winged stilt and Red-kneed dotterel. I do love catching up with stilts. The shots below show what they do with that long bill.

In Australia we call these Purple swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
Swamp harrier paid a visit and caused some havoc
Superb fairy-wren
Dusky moorhen

Farmland as recent as 1998! That seems like a really quick turn around to me!

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Bird on!

11 comments:

  1. Fantastic shots! I love that Black Swan! Great reflection, too!

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  2. A great variety of beautiful birds in the wetland. Nice to know that some wetlands are being brought back. The black swan and its reflection is especially beautiful.

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  3. Wow, awesome variety of birds. Your photos are wonderful.

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  4. Hi Steve Love that White-plumed Honeyeater in all its positions but th Black Swan with the reflection is my favorite. Stunning. Look at my post tomorrow (Wed) as I am going all Australian!!!

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  5. Hi Pete, Sorry just called you Steve!!!

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  6. A terrific series. I really like the black swan!

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  7. So many beautiful birds. Thank you for sharing :)

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  8. Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. Wonderful birds! I love the black swan.

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  10. What a wonderful post! Great variety of birds, interesting information and excellent photographs!
    Thank you for sharing it all!

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  11. Wonderful shots, Pete! What a great variety of birds. I have added this spot to my list of "must visits".

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