Birds Like It

After rescuing fish a few days ago we have been back several times to check on the lagoon. Fortunately there were only about six larger fish floating dead, so we were relieved to have rescued most of them.

bream floating in anaerobic lagoon

bream floating in anaerobic lagoon

However the lagoon was thick with bird life, so we guessed there was still something for the birds to eat…. perhaps prawns?

greater egret, seagulls, chestnut teal on the lagoon

greater egret, seagulls, chestnut teal on the lagoon

The raptors were flying overhead, wanting their share of any bounty; although the trio of White-bellied Sea Eagles who were flying about quacking with excitement soon disappeared as they noticed us approaching through the bushland. The Whistling Kite is bolder, and stayed around, trying to scare the Great Egrets away. White-faced Herons joined the fray, and the Oystercatchers gathered to pick on beach treasures.

Whistling Kite chasing Greater Egrets

Whistling Kite chasing Great Egrets

Wild seas have dumped a cliff of kelp along the beach, masses of cungevoi have washed ashore, and the seaweed in the lagoon is rotting, so we have a very rich aroma filtering into the house at present. I can just pretend we have used our seaweed brew on the garden plants, they love it!

 

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20 thoughts on “Birds Like It

  1. I can imagine it’s getting a little malodorous (what a shame all that kelp is going to waste!) but I’m dying to see how it all rights itself again. Great pix – especially of the Krite chasing the egrets above the bush – the colours, the sparse, woody trees. 🙂

  2. What is killing the fish? Nutrient runoff promoting algae and surface plants overgrowth deprives bottom plant life of sunlight and they die and rot which depletes the water of oxygen which destroys habitat for plant and animal. eutrification

    • hi carl … a big dump of seaweed came in with big seas and high tide … the seaweed begins to decompose and uses all the available oxygen … no nutrient runoff in that lagoon …. we test the water every month and it is always fine except in these cases of becoming anaerobic, just a natural cycle! on our place we have a dam below the vegetable garden to catch all nutrients, which does cause algae growth such as red azolla, which we then harvest for fertiliser for the garden … upstream there are a few cattle but not enough to polute the water … we test all the streams too… have done for twelve years now 🙂

  3. Such a beautiful variety of birds! I love seeing them swirling about! I am intrigued with the balances in the lagoon and how you are monitoring the sea life so carefully. It’s quite an education for me! 🙂

    • we are fortunate to have a retired chemist among our residents, he does all the testing and a small team of regulars collect the samples every month … the data is available to government agencies too …

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