An Urban Wetland #2

One of the more unusual bird species to visit Lake Guyatt was a small number of Wandering Whistling-Duck that turned up in 2002. Unfortunately no photos in those days before a suitable digital camera, but Magpie Geese have also visited occasionally,

and this pair was snapped nearby on Flooding Creek on an old post and rail fence dating back to the early days of settlement.

Also in the creek beside the lake, a White-faced Heron hunting in luxuriant Water Ribbon vegetation.

The Australian White Ibis can at times be less than respectable when encountered at landfill sites or picnic spots for example, however this photo in a natural environment presents a different picture.

As the water level fluctuates, different species take advantage of the food that has become available. Lower levels concentrate fish for the pelicans, and waders like spoonbills work the shallows. Dry mud-banks are popular resting and preening locations.

Australian Pelicans with Royal and Yellow Spoonbills.

Royal Spoonbills in repose.

Royal Spoonbill with breeding plumes in the fertile water of Flooding Creek..

A Pacific Black Duck posing nicely.

If conditions are to their liking, Latham’s Snipe can take up residence in surprising numbers. This emphasizes the value of this small wetland in providing habitat for a species under great pressure.

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To be continued.