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I have already uploaded a couple of shots of the female Australian Darter; this one is the male of the species, and was taken while walking beside the Weribee River nearly 2 weeks ago.

The river passes through a suburban estate in its final few kilometres before reaching its mouth in Port Phillip Bay. Indeed, there are houses less than 100 metres from the bird. The river here is bordered by lovely gum trees, which have a tendency, as do so many eucalypts, to drop large boughs.

Werribee itself is about 30km west from the centre of Melbourne, a growing suburban community, and I was amazed when I first visited the river in this spot about 2 years ago, to see the bird life in these slow moving reaches of the stream as it passes between the shady gums and the paling fences of the back yards not far away.

The lens was at full extension, 432mm, hand-held while standing in the middle of a bush and getting wet feet, for this shot, which has been further cropped. Other details - f4, 1/250sec. The light was difficult to handle, and the partially submerged gum tree is a little overexposed, I think.

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Additional Photos by Andrew McRae (macondo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2875 W: 101 N: 4800] (18551)
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