Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Lake Alfred Park, Gympie

This post is for World Bird Wednesday.

I took these photos a couple of weeks ago in at the ponds in Gympie. I haven't been there for a few months and it was good to see birds back at the ponds after the ponds were so messed up from the floods in January of this year. (In parks like this in the middle of a town it is always easier to get close to the birds.) There are always lots of the more common water birds but it was interesting this time to see a number of juvenile Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa).
Here is a juvenile by itself
A juvenile with an adult on the right
An adult with very worn plumage
There was also a pair of Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) with two half grown juveniles.

25 comments:

  1. Good set! Be nice change, too, to keep feet, and seat, dry.

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  2. Hi Tony, yes, that's definitely a big reason. It hasn't been good kayaking weather!

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  3. Oh those are wonderful! Glad the little guys are growing up! Always worry about nestlings being so vulnerable.

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  4. Beautiful! I never seen a black swan...I must say I like your header photo too :)

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  5. Wonderful post Mick! Love the Black Swan chicks.

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  6. Great sequence of photos!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Wonderful birds, I really like the black swan, so different from the white ones we have here.

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  8. Lovely images. I have had Black Swans on my patch in the UK for the last few years but have not seem them this year.
    Fingers crossed.

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  9. Those baby birds are so cute!

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  10. Easy birding, thats what I like...lol.... nice that things are getting back to how they should be too

    Well presented post Mick

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  11. Great post Mick! I love the shot of the juvenile Black Swans!

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  12. Black Swan chicks! A very popular movie(someone was going to say it) and a great catch. Nice going Mick!

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  13. Nice photos! The last photo is my favorite! Beautiful!!

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  14. Those are beautiful fellows again.
    Never seen neither one of them. :)

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  15. I have never seen black swanes - these at your pictures with their juvieniles are sharping my apetite too see them alive. Beautiful photo set - and thank you for your kind comment.

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  16. Hi Mick - did not really have any difficulty finding the Cape Barrens - but getting close was another matter. These are wild birds, but they hang around a small "zoo' of types.

    We get them over in Victorai as well, but I have to say I an never 100% sure the birds are really, really wild there either.

    Cheers S

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  17. A beautiful set of images. The last one of the black swan is my favorite.
    Well done!

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  18. Never knew you had the black swans over there. Do you have black sheep as well :-)
    Yes you are rioght: it seems they are always on big estate lakes, pointing to the fact that they are introduced from elsewhere.

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  19. I saw a Common Moorhen last week. But only one. A pair would have been great. It looks almost like the one you show.

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  20. You have very interesting birds. I also am fond of the shots of the Black Swans.

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  21. What pretty birds! Your captures are awesome!

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  22. Gorgeous birds,Mick,very well captured!

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  23. Super to see such a variety of young ones--great photos

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  24. Love the juvenile. It looks like it is missing arms or something- looks off balance.

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