Birds and the Western Treatment Plant

Back in March I took a trip down to Lake Borrie at the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee.  Its reputed to have ‘tens of thousands’ of birds attracted to its wetlands and lagoons.   While I did see pelicans, ibis, egrets, swans, robins, ducks etc on this trip it was dissapointing. Seeing them from a mile away isnt condusive to photography.  I guess if you are a bird watcher with binoculars you would be happy.  As for the  ‘tens of thousands’ of birds, no,  unless you count the sea gulls.. and I dont.  The birds are quite skittish too.. which I found a bit odd considering the amount of traffic going through the place you would think they would be more used to it.

Female Wren

Welcome Swallow

Pink Eared Ducks

We were using the long lenses.. and slowly creeping up in the car…but they tended to still fly off when we were still 30 plus feet away.  So I put in the ‘must do’ list a return in spring…assuming there would be more birds there in the spring months……If anything there was less. 

This time we only saw a couple of whistling kites, welcome swallow, and some swans.   The permit to enter the WTP is $20 for two years.. and a gate key is a further $50.  So far I dont see the value in it… but I will try once more over the summer months…..

Black Swans with babies

1…… Approaching takeoff

2…. Wheels up

Black Swans at Western Treatment Plant

3… Airborne!

Whistling Kite

Whistling Kite

Whistling Kites

Whistling Kites


and on a final note.. the Western Treatment Plant is there to process the  sewerage from Melbourne


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One Comment

  1. Glenda December 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Lovely post GF, Love the birds……. Hope there are more there in the summer, perhaps a trip for us when I am with you… xxx

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