Following the Pratincole encounter and the Glossy Ibis, I headed further along the beach track to the Lake Borrie outlet where I found a pair of Cape Barren Geese at the location at which I photographed (what I presume is) the same pair 18 months ago. The larger bird posed nicely for a portrait shot
before charging its mate...
but a bit of butt sniffing...
and it all ended happily
|Cape Barren Goose, Western Treatment Plant|
under the watchful eye of this Nankeen Kestrel.
|Nankeen Kestrel, Lake Borrie Outlet, Western Treatment Plant|
It was high tide by the time I got to the bird hide so there was not a lot of activity there but I did manage to get a good view of some pelicans flying over the bay against dark clouds but lit by a bit of sunlight that broke through the overcast behind me.
|Australian Pelican, Western Treatment Plant|
One last stop at Paradise Ponds on the way out yielded a close-up of a lone Yellow-billed Spoonbill
|Yellow-billed Spoonbill, Western Treatment Plant|
and a large mixed flock of Red-necked Avocets and Banded Stilts, mostly feeding in the shallow water
|Red-necked Avocet, Western Treatment Plant|
|Banded Stilt, Western Treatment Plant|
but some roosting on the mudflats on the northern side of the pond.
|Red-necked Avocet + Banded Stilt, Western Treatment Plant|