Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Spring Evening at Kaurna Wetlands Park

After a stressful day at work yesterday, it was turning into a lovely evening as I walked home through the local wetlands. So I decided to grab my camera and see what I could find. I am so lucky to have this wetland park right on my doorstep. It is certainly becoming my "local patch" and I also tend to think of it as an extension to my garden (yard). The southern and eastern tracks were very quiet, a few wattlebirds and honeyeaters in the trees, and unusually, no lorikeets. I did notice there were fewer flowering eucalypts so they have probably moved on to find new sources of nectar. The northern end opens out into the wetland proper, and it was brimming with life!!. At one spot close to the path there were two Royal Spoonbills (only the second group I have seen here), some White-faced Herons, Great Egrets and a very smart White-headed Stilt. Using trees for cover, I slowly inched forward and got into position for a nice close-up of the Spoonbills, only to have them spooked by a family out with their dog. I did get a couple of nice flight shots so it wasn't all bad.

As I carried on towards home I unwittingly disturbed a young Pacific Black Duck family. On the last pool were a couple of Black-tailed Nativehens. Due to the good winter rains this year, these birds are in plague proportions around Adelaide at the moment.

After dinner, I noticed light streaming through a window at home. It was this wonderful full moon. I must try and get some photos of the moon in other phases.........hmm I can feel another post coming on.........


  1. Hi Tony, I was just wondering the other day about your local wetland area and then you go and post on it! Thanks, you obviously read my mind! (-: In the flight shot of the Spoonbills, I notice one of the birds seems to have a yellow eyelid? Is that an aberation or is it a difference between male and female? Just curious.

  2. Hi Jen. The yellow over the eye shows the bird is in breeding plumage. The other bird is one of last years juveniles as it shows faded black tips to the primaries. The black tips are only visible in juveniles (and in flight). - I'm loving your Scillies posts - I may do one myself - a trip down memory lane.

  3. Tony - I am blown away that in 1 frame you have the heron, spoonbill, and stilt within mere feet of each other! How cool is that?! Great shots from a walk that must have been just the thing after a stressful workday.


  4. Hi Wilma, yes, it is a little piece of heaven right on my doorstep - literally. Thanks for taking the time to follow my blog.