Worth a visit if only to say you’ve been there. But practice first …
The lakes are 263 km north-west of Melbourne.
There are three lakes, the middle and east lakes are in the care of Parks Victoria and are frequently and presently dry. The other lake is managed for recreation, water is purchased when needed to keep the enterprise afloat. No prize for guessing where the wildlife can be found.
Camping is inexpensive, powered sites are available for the softies. There is a playground for the kids, a boat ramp and clean toilets and showers. It’s a popular spot with the fishing fraternity, families and the grey nomads. It’s close enough to my home to use as a picnic spot. I have just camped there for the first time.
I took my cue from this guy and spent a lot of my time sitting quietly on the bank.
It’s amazing what you see …
Then for a moment they stand side by side
Then a quick shower and back to work as if nothing happened …
All very familiar, really.
Entertainment was also provided by the Musk Ducks. The males have quite a peculiar appearance with something resembling a scrotum hanging from their chins. At this time of year they are extremely intolerant of other males. When one wanders into their territory there is a rapid rush from the owner. This guy is the victor …
and this the vanquished. His “scrotum” has ended up plastered on the side of his face in his rush to get to safety …
Australasian Grebes are in their breeding finery.
The freshly returned summer migrants were calling loudly. Rufous Songlarks and the Australian Reedwarblers (formerly known as Clamorous) were making themselves known by calling almost continuously. This guy just makes an occasional “kek kek kek” but then he has the benefit of good looks …
The White-browed Woodswallow is another stunner. Or at least the male is.
And the influx of inland species into Victoria continues. Crimson Chats at Wooroonook, who’d have guessed?
I noticed that some Tree Martins were collecting nesting material from one particular spot at the water’s edge so I took my chair and sat with the sun behind me in the hope that they would continue despite my presence. After a while they did.
I was keeping very still with the camera always raised, they were landing practically at my feet. While this was going on a Baillon’s Crake emerged just a few degrees to the left. These birds are so cryptic and so nervous that even a glimpse is unusual. A photograph like this is an absolute bonus.
To cap off the day the late afternoon sun side lit the River Red Gums right in front of my camp site. All I had to do was put down my glass of red and raise the camera one more time.
2 thoughts on “Wooroonook Lakes …”
I grew up on a cropping and sheep 🐑 farm about 3 kms from the Wooroonook Lakes. Our family would swim there and enjoy the water during the summer weather. Many treasured memories of this wonderful place. I share a love of birds and have just read your reflection and enjoyed the photos!!
Thank you Catherine. It is a lovely spot.