Monday, October 21, 2019

Willy wagtroll..



It was too lovely a morning yesterday to have that Sunday sleep-in. We were up and walking around Lake Monger, less than five km from the city, by 6.30am. The Lake Monger walking trail is an easy 3.5km, with many stops along the way to take pics of the huge population of birds that live and nest in this urban wetland. Spring is definitely in the air, the black swans were guarding their young cygnets.. best not to get too close :)


Many adorable Pacific black duck families.. so cute!


 It was tricky to get a clear shot of the family of purple swamp hens below, the babies were little fuzz balls on long wobbly stick legs.. to see the gorgeous colours of the adult more clearly click the link..


Couldn't resist a view of the city..


To explain the title of the post. Below, I must have been a little too close to the Willie wagtail's nesting spot.. I'm embarrassed to say that feisty wee bird, hard to get a clear shot, chased me, pecking at my shoes until I fled across the bridge. Hence the Willy wagtroll under the bridge. A group of passing walkers found it all highly amusing.. I survived the cantankerous swans only to be terrorised by the tiniest bird at the party.. hilarious 😉


 Oh yeh, these two had a good laugh about it also :) Hope you had/are still having a fab weekend, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..


24 comments:

  1. Oh my God! They are so cute!
    I also like the parrots .... there they fly out, my parrot is the most in his cage.
    I'll see you after my vacation!
    Have a good new week ahead! 💝

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  2. Lovely pics of the wee ones, Grace, but - 6:30 on a Sunday?!
    You made me laugh, that fleeing from a bird happened to a cousin of mine in our hometown, too!

    Brave lille fellas!!

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  3. Fantastic Subject Matter - Enjoy The Week Ahead

    Cheers

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  4. That must have been a lovely walk.

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  5. A fabulous walk even if it was at 6:30 am, Grace! Love all the baby birds.
    It was too cool for brunch on the deck but by 2 pm it was toasty to sit out for a beer and some chips! Hopefully we may get a bit more warm weather!

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  6. War sicher ein schöner Spaziergang die Bilder sind es.

    Noke

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  7. Aren’t bird parents something! Wonderful photos of the babies! Spring is such a lovely time of year!

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  8. You have so many beautiful birds in the land of Oz.
    Watching the young ones, especially water fow,l is a lot of fun that Mrs. M and I enjoy together.

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  9. Birds? What birds? You could have zoomed more for me. Love the willy wagtail story.

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  10. I like walking tracks like that when they have bits of nature you can actually see.

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  11. You got some great bird shots! Love all the fluffy youngsters.
    I guess the wagtail gave you what for. Terrific story.

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  12. Oh my gosh, what a funny story and what wonderful photos of all these little babies.

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  13. Great shots and a great story to accompany them. I like that.

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  14. What a sweet younsters of the birds. That following bird must have wanted to tell you something..:)

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  15. I love birds. Right now, in the USA, we're losing bird species due to loss of habitat and climate change. To see the young in your photo warms my heart (even if they are pecking at your feet or "laughing" at you)!
    Have a great week.
    Janis
    GDP

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  16. What a wonderful early morning walk. Ha wish we had a video of that little bird escorting you out!

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  17. You were up and about very early that morning but it was certainly worth the effort. So many birds to watch. I am fascinated by the black swans. the only ones I see here are white. Hahah vanquished by a teeny little bird, I have to smile!!!!

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  18. There is a bird paradise!
    It's great to exist a real 'Birdland' near your big city.
    And Thank you for showing us their photos. ;)

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  19. I visited our friends that live by the Canning river and their baby swans and ducks are slighter bigger than the ones on your photo.
    The wagtails can get quite vicious, just this morning I saw one chasing a magpie! Such a tiny thing going after a bigger bird. A couple of years ago we had a wagtail nest in our garden and the cats were all full of sores on their heads! I think they tried getting too close and got warned off :)

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  20. You caught my attention with that title, as I'm kind of a fan of trolls, the cute cuddly type of troll with soft furry hair like I grew up with, and you've shared some cuties. Especially the grey babies with such fuzzy fur! What a great day for a walk about!

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