This trip took place on March 8th.
You know how it goes. I discover a place via the field nats – in this case, Lake Victoria – and have to take Sethy there so he can partake in the awesomeness. I know a lot of these posts lately seem to focus on him but it’s mostly because I’ve been too lazy to write up our combined trips. Mostly because it’s stuff I’ve already seen and there are too many solo trips demanding to be written up.
Sethy rather enjoyed it. Lake Victoria was interesting in itself, despite the first bird sighting being the obligatory grey fantail.
One of the reasons I wanted to take him there so badly was so he could see some shorebirds in breeding plumage. The area didn’t disappoint.
I also would have loved to have taken mum and Glenn here for landscape photography. I’m not sure it’s as haunting now.
We got to see birds in various stages of developing their plumage, which Sethy loved.
He really loved getting close up looks of the red capped plover. He was disappointed he didn’t get to see their broken wing display. I had shown him my photos from last time, and found some useful youtube videos. He thought it was fascinating and was glad to add another lifer.
It was also a good day for critters. He enjoyed finding the spider. 🙂 We really need to start ID’ing the spiders. I’m no good at it.
And this grasshopper, which is different from the others we have found.
Grey fantails used to confuse me but don’t anymore. Rufous look entirely different.
Thornbill. I’ve forgotten what it is but rest assured, it’s been added to his life list.
Alas, we didn’t see any hoodies. I will try to add them to his life list next summer 🙂
We did find some interesting plants though, none of which I can ID.
Walking to the lighthouse’
He probably enjoyed the walk to the lighthouse more. The beach was pretty generic but we were able to get really, really close to some of the terns on the beach. And we saw this pacific gull yawning!
Definitely need to find some more terns 🙂
This write up sucks due to the time that has past, but Sethy really did enjoy it. We got to explore the lake and the flora along the side of it. We got to get a close up look of a lighthouse and muck around on the beach. It was one of those trips that combine the best of both worlds. I try to incorporate kid stuff into our adventures but sometimes there just isn’t any kid stuff to do.
Very keen to explore more of the Bellarine Peninsula with him. It’s more accessible and interesting then other places. I’m actually keen to explore more of it by myself but it depends on how practical that is 🙂