Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 24, 2010

Balbirooroo & Coolart Wetlands

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Balbirooroo Wetlands

Balbirooroo Wetlands is just behind the school at Balnarring, on the western side of Westernport Bay in South-east Victoria. There was not much water around so it was lucky that there were a few bush birds around on the edges of the wetlands. First up, I saw a Red Wattlebird, Grey Fantail and a heap of Superb Fairy-wrens. A Little Pied Cormorant and a few Galahs flew over, and I just spotted a Black-fronted Dotterel on the dam of the adjoining property.

White-plumed Honeyeater
White-plumed Honeyeater (Lichenostomus pencillatus)

On this dam were a variety of water birds such as Chestnut Teal, Black Swan, White-faced Heron, Eurasian Coot and Australian Shelduck. Back in the trees, I spotted a White-plumed Honeyeater, New Holland Honeyeater, European Goldfinch and this Little Wattlebird.

Little Wattlebird
Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chysoptera)

Then I headed across to the Pun Pun Wetlands, which were epemeral wetlands. Not all wetlands are permanent. Many wetlands only contain water after heavy rain and may dry out after some time. I saw a Swamp Rat at the side of the road but he scurried into the grass before I had time to get a photograph of him. I did however manage to get a photograph of this Spotted Turtle-dove.

Spotted Turtle-dove
Spotted Turtle-dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

Balbirooroo Wetlands bird list 24/2/10

Red Wattlebird
Little Pied Cormorant
Superb Fairy-wren
Grey Fantail
Welcome Swallow
Black-fronted Dotterel
Chestnut Teal
Eurasian Coot
Black Swan
White-faced Heron
Australian White Ibis
Little Wattlebird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Australian Shelduck
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Magpie
White-browed Scrubwren
New Holland Honeyeater
Spotted Turtle-dove
Purple Swamphen
Spotted Turtle-dove
European Goldfinch

Coolart Wetlands

The Coolart Wetlands is just around the corner from Balnarring at Somers. It is located 80 kilometers south east of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula on Lord Somers Road, Melways map reference 193 J9. There are a series of walking tracks throughout the park where you can explore the coastal woodlands, wetland areas, artificial lagoons and the formal gardens that surround the old homestead.

There was no water in the swamps but there were plenty of bush birds in the woodland areas. I spotted both Red and Little Wattlebirds and in one spot there were Superb Fairy-wrens, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Fantailed Cuckoo, and this Brown Thornbill chomping down on an insect. It may be a little grasshopper, it is hard to tell.

Brown Thornbill
Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla)

There were also a number of Silvereye as well as quite a few Spotted Pardalote, who came quite near to me, allowing me to get this lovely shot of one. This one is a male because of the white spots on the top of the head. The female Spotted Pardalote has yellow spots on the top of the head.

Spotted Pardalote
male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)

Coolart Wetlands bird list 24/2/10

Common Myna
Australian Raven
Australian Magpie
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
White-eared Honeyeater
Brown Thornbill
Fantailed Cuckoo
Grey Fantail
Superb Fairy-wren
Spotted Pardalote
Little Wattlebird
Red Wattlebird
Eastern Yellow Robin


  1. I love looking at your posts and find it so fascinating how different the birds are compared to the Pacific Northwest

    I LOVE the Spotted Pardalote. What a gorgeous bird and photograph!

    Comment by Maurie Kirschner — February 25, 2010 @ 2:07 am

  2. Thanks Maurie,

    I really appreciate your kind words. I shall endeavour to keep you entertained further. 🙂


    Comment by admin — February 25, 2010 @ 3:48 am

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