As I have mentioned before, the best place to go at any inland town is the poo-ponds. And so I duly fulfilled my obligation to check out the Water Treatment Plant. It was a bonanza.
First excitement was the arrival of hundreds of Crested Pigeons all looking for a drink. Some landed on the wrong side of the fence and spent many minutes walking up and down looking for a way in to join their mates. Maybe birds aren't that bright.
|Crested Pigeons Ocyphaps lophotes|
But what about on the inside? There was plenty. This next image gives you an idea. Eurasian Coot, Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead, Pacific Black Duck and Grey Teal. There were also Hoary-headed Grebe, Masked Lapwings, Black-winged Stilt and Tree Martins.
|Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus|
I turned around facing away from the ponds and heard a Pardalote so "called" him in. It took about twenty seconds to get into a position for a photo opportunity.
|Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus uropygialis|
Magic. f8 and be there.