Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday

On an impulse yesterday I detoured from my trip to the supermarket and had a quick look at a wetlands area that has been established at nearby Mt Barker. I had passed this before, but never had the time to stop. I am so glad I did. The wetlands have been established on the outskirts of a rapidly growing regional town, making use of the recycled water from the nearby sewage treatment ponds.

Despite the proximity of a new housing development and a very busy road, I felt like I was in another world as I ventured into the area. Very natural looking scrub has been developed using local flora and there are extensive ponds housing a good variety of water birds. I would liked to have lost myself for a couple of hours, but alas, I did not have the time and after taking a few quick photos, I left reluctantly, but determined to return and explore thoroughly.




Pacific Black Duck - probably the most commonly seen duck.
Purple Swamphen



And further interest in the garden. Some of you may have seen the shots of the galah feeding a nestling that I posted earlier this year.  Well, the galahs are back building a nest in the old red gum. Hopefully there will be more young this year.

There are three of them there. I wonder if one of them is last year's baby?

Liz Needle   -   Linking with 'Wild Bird Wednesday' and 'Our World Tuesday'.

9 comments:

  1. Great close ups!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. love the eye slash of the black duck. :)

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  3. HI Great that you diverted to this place and got those shots. I love the head of the Black duck

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  4. Great photos. The wetland sounds really good and I especially like that old gum and the galahs in it.

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  5. It's amazing how they can create these little pockets of solitude amongst the hustle and bustle of urban life. Our Greenfields Wetland is very similar.

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  6. Wonderful shots Liz!
    I'm sure you'll want to return soon now that you know what ithas to offer.

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  7. It is wonderful to have such a refuge so close in to the city. Beautiful photos1

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