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Australian Suburban Wildlife (Page VI)



Mundane as Australian suburbia might be, we often do get interesting visitors. This multi-part web page series contains a selection of recent wildlife pictures of interest, especially bird life, and some typical habitats.

The Clayton Campus of Monash University has a remarkably wide range of
resident native birds, and the odd visitors. This page covers mostly birdlife occupying the lake next to the Science Centre, in the North Eastern corner of the campus.

Photos and text 1997-2012 Carlo Kopp; Photographs produced using a  Nikon D90,
mostly Mamiya Sekor C 300mm f/5.6N ULD, Mamiya Sekor C 210mm f/4.0, Mamiya Sekor A 200mm f/2.8 APO, and some Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED, 28mm f/1.8D, 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR and Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 ATX Pro.


Clayton Campus, Monash University, Victoria

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Pacific Black Duck










The ubiquitous Pacific Black Duck is the most common duck species on Clayton campus. The species is closely related to the introduced Mallard, and often hybridisation occurs.











Hardhead Duck







The attractive Hardhead, with chocolate brown plumage, is a diving duck, and a unique Australian species.














Chestnut Teal











The Chestnut Teal is common in the suburbs, but usually shy.








Feral Duck (Mallard Cross)











This feral domestic duck carries a good many Mallard genes, evident from its plumage and build. The green hue on its head is not quite up to the colour purity of a real Mallard.








Australian Wood Duck





The Wood Duck is another unique Australian species, reasonably common in the suburbs.


















Feral Goose (Embden)





This feral Embden Goose is perhaps the best known of the lake's residents, with a reputation for chasing and nipping passers-by.











Feral lake residents keeping company.

Dusky Moorhen




Closely related to the rail, the Dusky Moorhen is a common sight on Australian lakes and ponds.

















Eurasian Coot





The Eurasian Coot is almost as common as the closely related Dusky Moorhen and Purple Swamp Hen, the latter not observed at the Lake.














Buff Banded Rail







Australian Grebe





These Australian Grebes are both in light coloured mating plumage, and regular brown plumage.












Australian White Ibis











Pacific Heron





This Pacific Heron flew across the opposite bank of the lake, at which range image quality suffered. Curiously, a Magpie Lark flew formation with the Heron.












Magpie Lark





The agile Magpie Lark is a common sight in the suburbs. This unusually friendly specimen allowed itself to be photographed.










Noisy Miner






The aggressive and highly active Noisy Miner is another ubiquitous resident of Australia's suburbs. This example was sufficiently preoccupied with feeding to not care about being photographed.







This sequence shows a Noisy Miner fishing for aquatic prey, likely a large insect larva, a sight observed repeatedly during this shoot. Whatever was caught was flown straight to a tree holding a nest.












Australian Crested Pidgeon





This Crested Pidgeon was observed gliding over the lake at 2 - 3 ft altitude above the water. At one point a Noisy Miner flew formation with it.






Australian Raven





The Australian Raven is a very inquisitive bird and a common sight in the suburbs of Melbourne.







Other Interesting Wildlife Sites

http://www.wildlife-photo.org/





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