I drove to Newstead this afetrnoon to see the pair of Barking Owls that have been reported recently. They have been heavily twitched all week. I haven't given the exact location for these as they are quite rare and endangered in Victoria, although it's becoming fairly common knowledge amongst birders. It appears to be regurgitating a pellet.
One of three Intermediate Egrets seen at this location, with a fourth bird about 200m away. This one is in breeding plumage / breeding flush. Note the shorter neck than Great Egret, breeding plumes on the back and breast, shorter bill with reddish colour, and the line of gape that extends to just below the eye.
Strange looking wasp mimic. When I first saw it, it was flying between flowers, and in flight it looked like a gasteruptiid or ichneumon wasp with a similar style of flying. It was quite quick and difficult to photograph, but after a while it stayed still and I got a few photos. The face looks like a longicorn beetle. Until I got a photo of the face, I thought it was a wasp. After a bit of google searching I think this is Enchoptera apicalis.