I wasn’t going to share this photo of the Great Egret in the Wetlands because it was so far away and I was having trouble holding my heavy long telephoto lens still (after my long walk along the river path to get to the Wetlands). You can’t see much feather detail. But soon after this shot the Park Ranger came up to chat and I never ended up getting my tripod out of its bag. But the Park Ranger did mention another gate along the fence on the other side of the Wetlands, so I’ll check it out next visit as for the most part, I was looking into the sun trying to photograph birds on this downriver side of the Wetlands.
Not ideal at all.
On the way to Newell’s Paddock (via the river cycling/walking path) last Friday, I came across a pair of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) dozing in the sun on a tiny jetty. I walked up behind them quite close and fully expected them to fly away, but they didn’t.
Both opened and closed their eyes from time to time to keep an eye on me.
Then I slowly walked up to about 3 feet behind them. They were one very tame couple.
Absolutely amazing and I felt really honoured to be allowed to observe them so closely.
By the way, the image below shows what superb weather Melbourne is having at the moment. Even Melbourne’s ever present wind has died down in recent days. The Park Ranger I was talking to in Newell’s Paddock Conservation and Wetlands Reserve was telling me we are going to have a very dry winter here in Melbourne. This does not bode well for the flora and fauna, either now or next Summer.