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Wading through Wigeon

After a nice family day out to Martin Mere, which was full of birds from the new hide, I had a couple of hours near Marshside this afternoon. First hour was spent watching gulls at the marine lake. Lots of Herrings of various ages, and a single LBB. The highlight was this beast of an adult ssp argentatus. 


Love these birds with their darker mantle, heavily streaked  head and pale bill. A couple of group shots showing the differences in structure and mantle colour.


A quick look in Nels, but I was distracted by a huge flock of geese I could see towards Crossens. I rushed back to the car and messaged Pete and Mark who I knew were in the area to let them know. I saw them in the car park and we decided to head down to wildfowlers pull in. On the way there, the whole flock…

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Victorian Sewage

San on the Lam

Monday 24 September-Tuesday 25 September 2018.

One thing you get used to, as a birder on holiday, is a trip to the sewage works. Seriously, we have visited sewage works all over the world, some smellier than others, and there is nothing that gets Mark more excited than the thought of a good sewage pond. The reason, of course, is that birds, especially waterfowl and waders, find them irresistible and there is usually a concentration of interesting, and otherwise hard-to-find species. Australia was no exception and we were looking forwards to visiting one of the premier birding sites in the country. First, though, we had to get there.

Our early-morning flight from Cairns to Melbourne, in the southern state of Victoria, went without a hitch, although the relative cold of the area came as a bit of a shock after the warmth of Tropical North Queensland. Still, we’d expected that and…

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Morten Albek Bonsai on Instagram: “Happy New Year. Looking forward to the next season with new bonsai adventures ahead. Thanks for 2018. See you at the other side 🍾🌿”