During the weekend trip to Melbourne's Botanic Garden I had hoped to get some pictures of the herons that stand on the islands in the lakes. While it was a rather good plan (or so I thought!) there were rather too many people about - and you can also hire a punt and being "punted" around the lakes.
While I am sure this is all jolly good fun, it does rather put the kibosh on heron watching.
How dare they!
So we sat down to eat a picnic lunch, and just watched the opportunists walk up to us in the hope of crumbs and snacks.
These are some of our hungry looking visitors!
|Female Magpie Lark |
|Female Wood Duck|
|Male Chestnut Teal|
|Hardhead or White Eyed Duck|
|Hardhead or White Eyed Duck |
Now it's over to you - click on the link below and off you go.
what a great selection of birds and waterfowl!ReplyDelete
i like your little wood duck hen!
I'm partial to the very first image...the lark. She's gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I have tried that trick ... picnic in the Botanical Gardens and all I get is Sparrows and Starlings ... What are you feeding those darlings that gets them even coming out of the water to join you for lunch. You must be a bird whiperer ... such an awesome selection of birds. Sometimes I feel like I don't live in the right place ... need a roomer?ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From the Sol
Quite a nice variety Stewart. The magpie lark is a beauty. Love the white eyed duck too.ReplyDelete
a shame to miss the herons but you saw a wide variety of other birdsReplyDelete
So many different birds!! :)ReplyDelete
What a great variety of birds indeed, Stewart!! Beautiful captures!!ReplyDelete
Each bird has such a nice portrait. Now if you could just get them to pay you for your beauty shot!ReplyDelete
Sorry about the herons, but you saw many lovely birds anyway.ReplyDelete
Great photo of all the "opportunists"! At least they come up close for photos without any great effort!ReplyDelete
Yeah, I always hate it when other people interfere with my nature hikes (who let them on to our private path/beach/etc) ;>).ReplyDelete
Wonderful birds visited you while you ate. I'd probably be lucky to get sparrows. Or starlings.
Great shots Stewart .ReplyDelete
It's fantastic when the wildlife comes to you.
Really gorgeous birds. I'm loving the Purple Swamphen and Gull. All of them are beautiful birds!ReplyDelete
Very impressive luncheon guests! It seems that botanical gardens all over the world are special attractions for birds. That magpie lark is a standout!ReplyDelete
The chestnut teal looks like a rather chunky character. A great variety of lunch-time friends.ReplyDelete
Great birds; botanical gardens can be good birding places.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I'm fond of the magpie and swamphen! Lots of nice color, too!ReplyDelete
Stewart, these are such beautiful shots!...:)JPReplyDelete
nice shots as always :)ReplyDelete
I never tire of looking at our Australian birds, wonderful photo's.ReplyDelete
Not only did you have very good looking lunch guests, the professional photographer you hired to shoot the event did a wonderful job!ReplyDelete
That's the way to have a picnic!
Great images, Stewart!
Wonderful variety of birds, Stewart. My favorites are the pretty lark and the swamphen! Great shots, thanks for hosting.. Enjoy your week!ReplyDelete
a lovely post featuring our more reliables for a photo opportunityReplyDelete
A nice group of birds and waterfowl! I'm intrigued by the swamphen. Nice colors.ReplyDelete
Magpies are special favourites of mine. I've only seen one and that was several years ago. The dusky moorhen reminds me a bit of our American Coot. Great post, Stewart and my eternal thanks for keeping this meme running so smoothly.ReplyDelete
Your bird shots are fabulous! All so nice and close and clear!!ReplyDelete
A great bunch of shots from your weekend. I like them all.ReplyDelete
Well you certainly had lots of visitors and they are very photogenic. Phooey on those dang Herons. MBReplyDelete
A great selection of lunch guests.ReplyDelete
What a collection. And they all look as if they are walking towards you.ReplyDelete
Australian ducks are some of the best, yours are excellent.ReplyDelete
thanks again for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday...ReplyDelete
Really nice photos you took of all these birds, I think they are common here in Sweden too!
Quite an awesome collection here Stewart. Wow. I love the magpie. Fantastic shots!ReplyDelete
Beautiful birds. I really like the Magpie Lark.ReplyDelete
Glad you still got to see these great birds up close during your picnic. Love the swamphen and hoping I get to see one too in the future.ReplyDelete
quite the show of birds for your sit down snack time... they're all beautiful. i especially like that magpie lark... hope all is well. have a great day~ReplyDelete
You might not have seen the herons, but that's a great assortment of birds you saw. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
I'd say it was a great day despite not seeing the heron. The magpie has always been a favorite of mine and that swamphen is so elegant! I've not seen that one, so thank you.ReplyDelete
Delightful assembly of birds, Stewart!ReplyDelete
Oh...I want to see a Purple Swamphen!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos better luck next time for the herons.ReplyDelete
A wonderful variety of birds and great photos Stewart.ReplyDelete
What an interesting collection you have this week! That female magpie lark is a beauty. All are striking, such unusual colors we're not used to seeing.ReplyDelete
Fantastic selection of birds. The Purple Swamphen caught my eye, a very colorful and interesting looking bird.ReplyDelete
Lovely. I especially like the picture of the Purple Swamphen. It's such a common bird that I think people forget how pretty it is.ReplyDelete
So you finally found your Hardhead! Good for you.ReplyDelete
What a great selection of water birds!ReplyDelete
I missed linking up this week, I've been a bit preoccupied and it was my birthday on Wednesday.
Hi Stewart, you were in the right place for those 'opportunists' - a nice variety of them.ReplyDelete
I must join the others and link up on Wednesdays when I have some birdy shots.
Cheerio for now :D)
Hi, just came across your site and as a birder from South Africa I'd like to join in if that's ok.ReplyDelete
Have enjoyed looking at the birds from other parts of the world