12 comments on “Waste Water Wonderland – A Waterbird Haven

  1. “Waste Water Wonderland” – an aptly titled post indeed! So happy that you and your wife were blessed with a wonderful birding day. As always I continued to be awed how our avian friends demonstrate creativity, resilience and resourcefulness by utilizing environments that humans would usually stay away from. Their ability to adapt (and make the most of it) is really something, and reminds us by putting different perspectives even in a negative situation, we can find ways to work around it and overcome.

    Many congratulations on the publication of “Flight of a Fledgling”! We will be putting an order for 2 books in the very near future 🙂

    May you and your wife continue to be blessed, and Happy Easter from Japan.

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    • Thanks Takami for your kind comments and blessings, we have just returned from a weekend away where we celebrated my wife’s birthday and visited her family. I am still recovering from the long drive. Thanks again for sharing your insights into the waterbirds and their adaptation to the sewerage ponds, birds are so adaptive and resilient which is a life skill we can all learn from. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend my friend 🙂

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  2. What a great variety of birds spotted at an out of the way place, it almost makes you not want to tell people about it so the birds can live in peace. Loved the video of the ducks vortex, I have never seen this in action before, quite an amazing sight. Sadly, Tasmania still allows duck hunting, it’s on for 3 months and finishes early June. I hate to think of all the poor birds injured and left to die a horrible death, and even certain species of birds being killed that aren’t supposed to be because they are endangered. Maybe things will change one day.

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    • Thanks Sue, So sad they continue to allow duck hunting there. I usually keep this spot secret and do not reveal where it is except to known responsible birders. They do not mind people coming in providing they do not cause any trouble. Yes the fact that many rare and endangered species die also and never get listed because the shooters do not want fines is another travesty. They continue to shoot Wedges on some farms and get away with it also. Making laws does not work well, educating an appreciation and presenting facts can help a little, but basically there are a lot of selfish people who do not care as long as they have their fun. Enjoy your weekend.

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  3. Hello Ashley, we are fortunate enough to gain access to one of the great birding spots in Victoria, if not Australia, at the Western Treatment Plant.
    The ponds are interesting to see in action. No longer part of the sewerage disposal, they are feed by the water runoff from the treatment process in a small area.
    The Pinkears in particular are very particular about the ph of the water and will flock to one pond, while the one next door, has nary a duck on it.
    The vortexing is interesting to watch as some birds are welcome to join in, while others are chased away.

    Best wishes for success with the sales of the new book.

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    • Thanks David, yes you are well located there in the Western Treatment plant, which we hope to visit possibly this year or next all being well. That is interesting about the pH and Pink-ears as we did notice ponds that had no ducks and ones with large flocks. Thanks for sharing your interesting observations. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend my friend.

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    • Thanks so much Deborah for your best wishes, it has been a busy few days getting orders out. Yes the Pink-ear’ds are a favourite of mine also, they are beautiful bird in full sun, and have a whistle similar to the Whistling Ducks. Enjoy your weekend my friend 🙂

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  4. Such a variety, awesome captures, Ashley! I love the shoveler’s beak, we have the similar Northern Shoveler. As I view your photos in this post, I find we have many similar birds (ducks) for once! I’ve birded waste water management ponds too, you never know what you might see.

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    • Thanks Donna, yes we do have similar birds. I suppose if different people had not named them, they would share much similar names, and be sub species of the same. Some of our local councils are starting to realise that if they build wetlands for their sewerage ponds and put walks, plant vegetation and picnic areas around them and information signs birds will come and use them and families and birders will be attracted to their towns and spend money there.

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  5. I guess the date water ponds are a gold mine for birds. It’s incredible. How easy can it be! It was nice to see so many diverse species. Good work, Ashley. 🙂

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