An early morning walk today around Lake Lorne at Drysdale, where
Blue-billed & Freckled Ducks, along with a solitary Latham's Snipe, provided
some delightful birding. Lake Lorne is certainly a great spot for seeing
these 2 species of duck which are quite often difficult to find.
Freckled Ducks must be the most inactive ducks on the planet. If they're
not preening, they've got their head tucked in, presumably snoozing, or just
loafing. I have very rarely, if ever, seen them on the water foraging.
Other birds included Black-winged Stilts, Great Egret, Aust.Shoveller, Royal
Spoonbill, Hoary-headed Grebe, Pelican.
In the surrounding area Rainbow Lorikeet, Silvereye, New Holland Honeyeater,
Noisy Miner etc.
All together saw 34 species.
On the return trip to Axedale, called into Lake Merrimu (Bacchus Marsh
area), which is still well below capacity. Normally, in a backwater just
below the dam wall, there would be a range of ducks/teal. Today, the only
bird sighted near the wall was 1 Great-crested Grebe. Some swans were seen
in the distance, but that was all.
Not a good sign.
Have a safe and happy New Year and
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