Swans at Banyule Flats, Heidelberg

Subject: Swans at Banyule Flats, Heidelberg
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2010 17:20:59 +1100
Saturday's big storm filled up the Banyule Flats Swamp and the pair of Black Swans have moved back there. (I haven't been there for a week or two and they may have been there before the storm hit). The water was a level green sheet of Azolla and duckweed and no emergent Water-ribbons to be seen. Nothing to hide the Black Ducks' low-level courting behaviour, nor the 3 or 4 families of young Australian Grebes. A few Wood Ducks resting on a fallen tree and some Chestnut Teal sitting on posts. Swamphens and Dusky Moorhens round the margins and some Coots - one Coot standing on a clump of floating vegetation, being blown along by the northerly breeze; it went on preening as if it hadn't noticed.

It's worth going through the west gate of the dry Billabong fence and walking round the south side. Inside the bend of the Billabong are a lot of young wattle saplings with a lot of mistletoe - it is always worth a look there for small bush birds, particularly Mistletoe-birds. They were there this morning, with Grey Fantails, and Silvereyes (light coloured flanks). I have also seen Brown and Yellow Thornbills, whistlers, New Holland, White-plumed Honeyeaters and E. Spinebills there. Occasionally Kangaroos snooze thereabouts. The eastern fence of the Billabong is broken in several places, so one can return to the south paddock and follow round to the Yarra bank.

Anthea Fleming


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