Birds of Brighton Beach

During six mornings over summer I visited Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia, around Green Point and Jim Willis Reserve. Many species of native birds frequent the remnant coastal vegetation in the sand dunes along Brighton Beach, taking shelter in the dense undergrowth, or feeding on the many plant species available. The beach is famous for the Brighton Bathing Boxes, though keep an eye out and you’ll spot the well renowned Blue Wren at Brighton Beach. The collection is far from exhaustive, as many species are more seasonal, nocturnal or harder to spot. Though this brightly coloured rainbow lorikeet is one of the loudest and easiest to spot birds to visit Brighton Beach during summer.

Birds at Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia. http://polymu.com/

A rainbow lorikeet at Brighton Beach in Melbourne, Australia.

Brighton Bathing Boxes

This evening I ventured to the beach to capture a shot I’ve been aiming to take for a while; the Melbourne skyline nicely lined up behind the Brighton Beach bathing boxes. Taken from a distance with a telephoto lens, perspective compression brings the two sets of buildings close together. As summer draws to a close there was perfect weather for this shot.

Bathing boxes at Brighton Beach with a backdrop of the Melbourne skyline. http://polymu.com/

Bathing boxes at Brighton Beach with a backdrop of the Melbourne skyline.

Blue Wren at Brighton Beach

Just before sunset I was walking the dog back home along the coast path in Brighton when I spotted a pair of fairy wrens flittering in the last rays of sunlight. I paused and changed lenses, setting up for the shot. Fortunately the male of the species, also known as the blue wren, stayed close for long enough to capture this single shot. The pair then disappeared into the shrubs as the sun dipped below the horizon.

A blue wren in the scrubland foreshore at Brighton, Australia.

A blue wren in the scrubland foreshore at Brighton, Australia.

Three kitesurfers just before sunset at Sandown Street beach in Brighton, Melbourne.

Three kitesurfers just before sunset at Sandown Street beach in Brighton, Melbourne.