Yarra River Darter

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Stephen Whiteside
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Yarra River Darter

Post by Stephen Whiteside » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:33 am

I was stunned to come across this glorious bird so close to my home in Northcote a few weeks ago. It took me a few moments to work out what it was. A cormorant? No, it was too large, and had a long neck. An egret? No, it was black. Then I realised - a darter! I have never seen on the Yarra before. Really a most splendid creature.
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Post by Maureen K Clifford » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:50 pm

Great photos Stephen - I wonder what is driving them to that area ..Climate change, food shortages, habitat change ????
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Post by Stephen Whiteside » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:04 pm

Thanks, Maureen. Yes, I wondered that, too. I haven't noticed one before, but perhaps they have been coming on and off for a while. I really don't know.
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Post by Shelley » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:20 pm

Love the way they hang their wings out to dry!
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Re: Yarra River Darter

Post by Stephen Whiteside » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:15 am

Yes - just like cormorants.
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