We went for a walk around the reserve at the inlet this morning and it is clear that the bird population there is increasing. I was almost bombarded by a family of fantail chicks chasing after their parents.
The grey teal I saw a week or so ago was busy taking her family of ducklings as far away from us as possible. I didn’t manage to get the whole family in one shot, but the parent bird has the very distinctive red eyes. I also saw a few Shoveller Ducks, but they had no ducklings with them.The pied stilts flew into a frenzy as I made my way around to the hide. It was easy to see why as there were a lot of chicks wandering around the edges of the water. They all went into hiding themselves so I sat and waited it out. Eventually they came out and started to forage along the edge of the water again.
One of the pied stilts is still sitting on eggs and when she stood up I got a good view of the eggs in the nest. The other nest that I saw the other week has two chicks and they are already catching food themselves at the water’s edge.