|Ducks on Hospital Swamp|
The scene was set as I headed around Lake Road when I saw what was quite possibly a Black-winged Kite perched on a fence post. Coming to an abrupt halt, I grabbed the camera only to see my quarry heading for a distant tree.
Things continued in this vein when at Hospital Swamp I didn't get a clear shot of several Crimson Rosellas or a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike. Round at Tait's Point I didn't get a good shot of a pair of Eastern Rosellas. The Brown Falcons were circling, the Whistling Kites were doing just that but all far enough in the distance that there was no chance of a photo and there was no sign of the cuckoos or greenfinches I saw last week. Even the swallows seemed to have better things to do.
Not a good start.
|Crested Tern at Barwon Heads|
Clearly they know more about the weather than I do and know a cool easterly wind when they feel it and had decided that today was not the day to be out on the lake. Of course, the sport of fishing is also quite weather and wind dependent, so perhaps the birds know that an easterly does not make for good fishing at this location.
|Nankeen Kestrel over the Bluff at Barwon Heads|
So in the end, I was left with several reasonable photos and even more questions about the effects of prevailing wind patterns on bird behaviour - but with no obvious answers.