Maroondah Dam

This morning Greg, a photographer friend, and I visited Maroondah Dam. It’s an impressive reservoir to the east of Healesville which is complemented by vast areas of native bushland, established exotic gardens planted in the 1920s and lots of birds.

 

Maroondah Dam (ingens murum) – constructed during the 1920s.

 

Australian King-Parrot (male) (Alisterus scopularis) – females have a green head, neck and upperbreast.
Canon 7D, 100-400mm L IS USM, AE priority f/5.6, handheld, natural light

 

Gang-gang Cockatoo (male) (Callocephalon fimbriatum) – females have a grey head and pinkish-yellow edges to their feathers.
The creaky-door voice of the Gang Gang is unmistakable.
Canon 7D, 100-400mm L IS USM, AE priority f/5.6, handheld, natural light

 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Canon 7D, 100-400mm L IS USM, AE priority f/5.6, handheld, natural light

 

Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) – this jaunty chap with the sad eyes was foraging at my feet while
I was aiming at a perched Galah, waiting with aching arms for it to fly, which it did when I blinked.
Canon 7D, 100-400mm L IS USM, AE priority f/5.6, handheld, natural light

 

Bush Bronzewing (male) (Phaps elegans) – Bronzewings appear quite dull until light catches the irridescent feathers
on their wings.  Females are duller and lack the chestnut patch on the forehead.
Canon 7D, 100-400mm L IS USM, AE priority f/5.6, handheld, natural light

 

I have been to Maroondah Dam in the distant past but had never walked across the wall and through the bushland. How could we have missed a wall that massive!

Happy birding, Kim

 

 

 

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