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Chiltern Valley Dam No.2, Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park

Chiltern Valley Dam No.2, Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park (Image ID 43721)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Fri 27th Nov, 2020 and uploaded on Fri 4th Dec, 2020 .
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ID43721
CommentReleased from Melbourne lockdown, the first trip we took was to Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park near the NSW border, one of the most favoured Regent Honeyeater breeding sites in Australia. Unfortunately, we did not sight any on this visit so we had to make do with their more common honeyeater cousins and other oft-sighted species. With only two days there, Neville Bartlett, President of the Friends of Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park, had recommended we try the Chiltern Valley No.2 Dam, where the Friends Group had established a bird hide on a large stretch of water now protected within the National Park. The excellently-designed hide had apertures for all sizes, one for the height-endowed, one for the height-challenged, and one for the in-betweeners, which fortunately fitted me perfectly. Having set off at dawn due to the forecast 35C heatwave conditions, this was the scene that I looked out upon when I first arrived, Welcome Swallows circling and dipping over the misty waters as the early morning sun unveiled the magical beauty of this wetland habitat in the midst of dry Grey Box woodlands. A dawn to be remembered for all that we had been missing over some eight months of lockdown.
EquipmentNikon Z7 with Nikon 300mm PF f/4 telephoto
ISO 1250
1/1250h f14
LocationChiltern Valley Dam No.2, Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, Victoria. Warby-Chiltern Box-Ironbark Region KBA
Keywordsin flight
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