Saturday, 17 September 2016

Plovers, Black Swans, and an Old Windmill


On a recent, though brief, stopover in St. Helens we popped in at the bird observation point at Colchis Creek. There is no hide there or anything; just a wooden bench. We were immediately welcomed by two Red-capped Plovers. Well it wasn't really a welcome. More like they were trying to chase us off. I think they may have been nesting nearby. In any case, I managed a couple of photos before we moved on.



Red-capped Plover - Charadrius ruficapillus (Male)

Red-capped Plover - Charadrius ruficapillus (Male)

The short video below shows some Black Swans. The footage was taken at various places around the state including:
  • Lake Dulverton in Oatlands, Tasmania
  • Gould's Lagoon in Hobart Tasmania
  • Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana, Tasmania


Next is a bit of a look around Lake Dulverton. This is an ephemeral lake located by the historic town of Oatlands in the Tasmanian Midlands. After above average winter rains the lake is currently full. E-Bird shows that 84 bird species have been recorded there including some rare and uncommon birds (for Tasmania) such as Wandering Whistling Duck, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt and Latham's Snipe.

Callington Mill is a working, Georgian era windmill, built in 1837. Interestingly, the original sails were blown off in a storm back in 1912 and landed in the lake.



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23 comments:

  1. Thank you for introducing me to these delightful birds. Wonderful post!

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  2. Hello, your Red-capped Plover is a gorgeous bird. Love the photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and thanks for finding my youtube channel.

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  3. They are very beautiful! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you ~Lavender Dreamer~. Appreciate the comment.

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  4. Wonderful!!! I am an avid birder so this post was so very special.

    If you'd like...you can add a link to this post of yours to my Birding Blog...the new weekly meme opens at NOON Texas USA time each and every Saturday.

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    1. I am in total awe of this bird!!! And also, wanted to send along my....Thanks for adding this to I'd Rather B Birdin's Linking Tool this week!! If ever you have bird photos to share, you're very welcome to join in.

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    2. Thanks for commenting Anni and for the "I'd Rather B Birdin" link.

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  5. Wonderful pictures of the Red-capped Plover.
    Perfect photographed, my compliments.
    Best regards, Irma

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    1. Thank you Irma. I haven't taken a perfect photograph yet but I'm glad you think so.

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  6. Great photos of the plover & information about this area of Tasmania
    Thanks for your visit & comments on my blog
    Christineandhercamera.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Christine. I enjoyed your Northern Eggar photos.

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  7. Love your swan movie! They are so graceful, and your music fit perfectly.

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    1. Thank you Connie Smiley and thanks for taking the time to watch the video.

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  8. Interesting post! The Photos of Red-capped Plover are so great!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Anu. I enjoyed you geese post too.

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  9. Red-capped Plovers are beautiful. You have photographed it really well, thanks.

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  10. Thank you Bob Bushell for the compliment.

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  11. Lovely plovers--mine have yellow on them! Love your whole post.

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    1. Thank you for commentong bettyl-NZ. Yellow? Like the Spur-winged plover. We get those here too.

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    1. Thank you Janice Adcock. They are indeed.

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