Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Lake Lorne shore

In addition to the Freckled Ducks featured in the previous post, there were many other species around the shore at Lake Lorne this afternoon.

Pacific Black Duck, Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Australian Wood Duck, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

although some remained in the middle of the lake making photography challenging

Blue-billed Duck, Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Hardhead, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

There were also several Black Swans close to the lake shore

Black Swan, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

and a few shorebirds feeding on the mudflats

Masked Lapwing, Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Black-fronted Dotterel, Lake Lorne, Drysdale
Red-kneed Dotterel, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

Freckled Ducks at Lake Lorne

It has been more than 2 months since I was out birding, so when I had to visit Drysdale this afternoon, I took the chance to stop at Lake Lorne on the way back to check on the Freckled Ducks that have taken up residence there. Sure enough, there were several small flocks at various points around the lake shore. These ducks have been there long enough now that they are starting to get used to people walking around the lake so I was able to get close enough for some portrait shots of these beautiful birds

Freckled Duck, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

This male was so relaxed, he was willing to share his roost with a Eurasian Coot.

Freckled Duck and Eurasian Coot, Lake Lorne, Drysdale

…see next post for other birds around the lake shore

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