Friday, May 18, 2012
Grebe goes it alone on lagoon
Male Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) busy on main lagoon lately, sticking close at first to pair of Green Pygmy-geese, striking out alone mostly in past few days. Perhaps he's unaware of grebes on ponds across the other side of Ingham.
Never wanting for company when small schools of fish are being herded, Little Black Cormorants (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) are mainly hunting alone recently. Pickings have presumably dropped off after the Wet's aquatic breeding flush.
A few more Intermediate Egrets (Ardea intermedia) are jumping into action on the main lagoon as outlying ephemeral pools in the area start to evaporate, though coastal showers are slowing the process.
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