Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 454 - White-headed Stilt

This is another bird that has undergone a number of taxonomical revisions, but at present I think its called the White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) which separates into into a full species away from a number of other similar birds.

These birds were feeding in the area of Werribee Treatment Plant where the treated water is released into the bay.  Due to somewhat elevated nutrient levels in the water this area can be a bit of a hot spot, there were a number of other waders (too distant to identify with much confidence) and a couple of a very small terms (Fairy/ Little?) feeding in the area as well.











The birds with the pale heads are younger birds.  This species really does have remarkably long legs!

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Wilsons Prom 3: Skull Rock

Skull Rock - or Cleft Island - is one of the best know, and least accessible, landmarks of Wilsons Promontory National Park. It sits 5 km off the south west corner of the park, and if local legend (and our tour guide) are to be believed, more people have walked on the Moon than on this island!  When you see the near vertical cliffs that fall into the water all around it, you can see why this may be true.

There is a huge natural cave on one side of the island was carved by the prevailing wind and waves when the sea level was higher than it is now.  The whole island is bigger than that more well known Australia landmark, the Sydney Opera House.

These picture were taken from a boat tour that starts from Norman Bay beach - and if you ever get to The Prom I think its a worthwhile trip.







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