November Begins

I hadn’t heard about the Mitchell wetlands until I was chatting to a friend recently and he recommended them enthusiastically. So we packed up the binoculars and cameras to take a look and we weren’t disappointed. But again it was a rather cloudy, wet and extremely windy day.

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First we walked along the river and there were many small birds seeking shelter in the trees along the path but not much action on the river which was high and fast moving. The only duck we spotted was this solitary character – a Pied-billed Grebe perhaps?

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So we drove around until we located the entrance to the Wetlands area.

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The ponds were filled with ducks and waterfowl but it was difficult to get good photos due to the distance and the tall grasses around the ponds.

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Ooops. Incoming!.……And outgoing.

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There were so many ducks on the pond we are still working on identifying them all.

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There was a large number of Northern Shovelers.

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And Ring-necked Ducks

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