It will come as no surprise to anybody even vaguely familiar with me, that I managed to squeeze in a few hours birding while I was down on the Bellarine Peninsula last week. Not a huge number of hours - too many other things to do! - but enough to get some sights and pictures for the next few weeks at least.
One place I always like to visit when I am in that part of the world is Lake Lorne. This is a naturally occurring lake of about 12 hectares. It normally has decent populations of water birds on it, especially when other areas are dry. One day, I will get to sit by the water all day and see what comes along. This time I was looking for, and found, Black-Fronted Dotterels - a wader that is often seen at the lake, often feeding on the exposed muddy edges. And this is what 3 of these birds were doing when I found them. A bit of creeping along on my knees - I think I may buy knee pads one day! - got me close enough for some pictures - although if anybody has a spare 600mm lens knocking around I'd be happy to take it off your hands.
The Black-Fronted Dotterel is more technically known as Elseyornis melanops and is widespread through Australia. The fast dashing feeding motion of these birds made them rather difficult to keep in focus - or even in the viewfinder if the truth be told! It was only when they stopped moving that I could frame them - hence these pictures are all rather similar.