Monday was basically a travelling day. Delicious lunch at Fowles winery at Avenel, then a quick stop at Winton Wetlands, where the highlight was about forty Nankeen Night-Herons.
On Tuesday, in Rutherglen, I started the day with a walk around Lake King before breakfast. I notched up 30 species, including Black-tailed Native-hen and Little Friarbirds. Rog had read about Black Swamp on Birdline Victoria and we decided to explore it. It is south of Rutherglen, off the Murray Valley Highway. Sadly, it was quite dry. There has been no rain in Rutherglen since November and everything is tinder dry. But Black Swamp looked an interesting spot and we will certainly return. We went back into town and visited the ephemeral swamp near the tip. There is still a little water in it, but few birds now. Then we drove to Chiltern, first stop No 2 dam. This lovely spot never disappoints. Today there was a large number of pelicans on the dam and a very vocal group of colourful Crested Shrike-tits in the gum trees. I wandered around enjoying myself, thinking how benign it was and how pleasant. I did have to watch where I was walking, bush bashing through the tall grass. Then, suddenly, I was under attack. I had bumped into a wasp's nest and they were not happy. Nor was I! The wasps swarmed around my head. I ran faster than I would have thought possible, trying to wave the wasps away. Rog sat in the car, happily reading his newspaper. When I arrived back at the car, bird watching had momentarily lost its allure. Miraculously, I had only one sting. It could have been so much worse.
|Black Swamp - worth a return visit|
To be continued.