Today’s birds

[Written yesterday, Thursday 3rd July]

This one is just for me.

I love bird watching. Anyone who has read anything on my blog or who knows me in person is familiar with this.

So these are my day’s birds!

I’m on holiday right now and it couldn’t be more perfect, more and more birds every day; the perfect recipe for happy days.

First up was my walk down to the Queenscliff Railway Station

Help needed - I am yet to get a good enough shot to identify this fast little flitter

Help needed – I am yet to get a good enough shot to identify this fast little flitter

A parting shot of this tiny fast birdie

A parting shot of this tiny fast birdie

Loud and beautiful Red Wattlebird

Loud and beautiful Red Wattlebird

Another shot of the gorgeous Red Wattlebird

Another shot of the gorgeous Red Wattlebird

Then Lake Lorne in Drysdale for an afternoon lap

How perfect is this? A beautiful Black Swan swimming along with its reflection

This is so perfect! A beautiful Black Swan swimming along with its reflection

Pure luck - a flitting Welcome Swallow with the early crescent moon!

Pure luck – a flitting Welcome Swallow with the early crescent moon!

Straw-necked Ibis flying in formation to their roost

Straw-necked Ibis flying in formation to their roost

Australian White Ibis at roost in the top of a tree in the middle of Lake Lorne

Australian White Ibis at roost in the top of a tree in the middle of Lake Lorne

Stunning pair of Eastern Rosellas at Lake Lorne

Stunning pair of Eastern Rosellas at Lake Lorne – one of the day’s highlights

Magpie-lark usually called a mudlark dancing in a tree

Magpie-lark usually called a mudlark dancing in a tree

Little Black or Great Cormorants at roost in an old dead tree

Little Black or Great Cormorants at roost in an old dead tree

Great day all in all 🙂

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Babies

In all the world there is nothing cuter than babies. Maybe not immediately after they are born or hatched or emerge into the world, but once they’ve recovered from the shock of being shoved into the world without so much as a user’s guide or map of life, there is nothing cuter.

Something about miniature versions of ourselves is touching. Maybe it’s the thought of ourselves once being that little and realising how far we’ve come, or maybe it’s the picture of a young, untouched, unburdened little thing with all the hope of the world in front of it.

Whatever it is, I’ve always been a fan. I started with puppies and progressed to ducklings and lately I’ve kind of come around to enjoying human babies too. It helps that my friends have such adorable, cute and clever babies. Or am I just biased?

But the baby I’m talking about today is something different, and so special because I’ve never seen it before and I think that it is probably a rare sight given the protection that these babies are usually given by their cautious parents.

I’m talking about plovers. That’s what we call them, and that is the type of bird that they are, but their bird name is Masked Lapwing, specifically the eastern form of this species.

Adults are not hard to find and in fact can become quite a nuisance during breeding season because they nest on the ground and will go to great lengths to keep you away from their nest! They try to distract you by loud shrill cries, by making a big fuss as they flap away from the nest pretending to be injured, and by swooping unfortunate people going about their business but happening to be passing by a nest.

This is what the adult looks like in the eastern parts of Australia, this particular one found in Queenscliff:

Eastern Masked Lapwing stalking around in the freshly mowed grass

Eastern Masked Lapwing stalking around in the freshly mowed grass

This is the cutest little miniature version, found in Lake Lorne in Drysdale this afternoon:

First glimpse of the cutest miniature ever: Masked Lapwing

First glimpse of the cutest miniature ever: Masked Lapwing

Cute puffy little eastern Masked Lapwing in the lake

Cute puffy little eastern Masked Lapwing in the lake

Baby eastern Masked Lapwing at Lake Lorne

Baby eastern Masked Lapwing at Lake Lorne

Beautiful baby eastern Masked Lapwing

Beautiful baby eastern Masked Lapwing

Two cute little miniature Masked Lapwings, already able to fly

Two cute little miniature Masked Lapwings, already able to fly!

So cute, right? I’m so happy to have found them! Ah bird watching, something new and interesting every time!!