Our little lagoon, or ICOLL, is not much to look at, just a big puddle behind the sand dunes that periodically opens to the sea allowing fish to swim out and eggs to float in. Therefore it is a valuable resource for fishes and prawns who can grow safely in the lagoon away from the predators of the open sea. That makes it a good fishing spot for cormorants, egrets and herons, and an occasional home for ducks and other water birds. Here are a few birds I have seen there this week.
As I approached this Eastern Great Egret flew up from the water’s edge onto a high tree branch, where it stood contentedly, grooming a little, while keeping one eye on me!
Much further away along the lagoon the White-faced Heron hunted for small fish. And in between a Little Black Cormorant sat still, entertained by my efforts to sneak closer! I don’t have any camouflage like Mike at Wilden Reserve who describes brilliantly his successful brush with a vixen, while hidden under a net and wearing full foxing gear.
A few evenings earlier I spotted a Whistling Kite flying over the lagoon, and saw it land on the same branch as the Egret above. I was shooting straight into the western sun, but managed to get something decent.
Almost every day I see the White-breasted Sea Eagles over the beach and headlands, they camp in thick trees behind the lagoon. They used to have a huge old nest along the road in the tall forest, but that was sold off and cleared for housing. We are not sure where they nest now. One day I will capture a good image of these magnificent birds, and meanwhile I will refrain from showing you the poor blurry shots I have so far captured 🙂 but if you want to see them follow the link above.