Wednesday 3 April 2024

Wild Bird Wednesday 610 - On Crake Pond

Last week I ventured yet again to Werribee Sewage Works - and I knew that the specific combination of time of the day, weather, and time of year would mean that the early morning light on 'The Crake Pond' would be good.

If you are amongst the band of merry birders that I have taken around Werribee, the Crake Pond is often the first place we stop - and it's justifiably famous for its crake sightings.  And while none of the less abundant crakes showed up, the pond did not let me down.

As I arrived I could see at least one Australia Spotted Crake / Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea) feeding on the mud.  So, I backed the car away from the pond, got my camera and flask of tea ready, and then drove back to a vantage spot.   As is often the case, I stayed in the car - using it as a hide / blind - and supported my camera and lens on a bean bag filled with barley seeds.  It's a simple but very stable method.

These are some of the birds I saw:

Australia Spotted Crake / Australian Crake (Porzana fluminea

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

and the Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis).

Not my usual single species posts - but there you go.

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  1. Thank you for showing us those. Exotic to us birds, Stewart. Aloha!

  2. Did you forget to include a picture of the Buff-banded Rail?

  3. The black fronted dotterel is an attractive bird.

  4. These are all beauties. Thank you for sharing them.

  5. we always see Sandpiper around our it.
    Excellent shots.....

  6. Stewart a lovely selection of waders. Thanks for hosting and commenting. Have a good week ahead

  7. Oh, these are just lovely! Migration is underway here in the SE US and I'm excited. Don't see many shorebirds so far inland but we do get a few at our local lakes and streams.

  8. I had not heard of Dotterels but they are handsome birds.