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We also went back to see the completed mural by Spanish artist Okuda, from the recent Paint Subi project. The two huge sections of the mural feature technicolor kangaroos and a koala, plus lots of other motifs.

Here’s what it looked like while it was being painted.


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There are four newly painted murals in Subiaco, from the Paint Subi project which was completed last weekend. This one is on the post office in Rokeby Road and features an old fashioned postie, a Black Swan on the wing and some paper planes.

The mural is by Evoca1, who comes from the Dominican Republic and is now based in the US, with Jarrad Martyn. The photo below shows the mural while it was still work in progress.

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You don’t have to head into remote country to see interesting wildlife in Western Australia. We were recently walking around the rather tame lakes in Sir James Mitchell Park on the South Perth Foreshore. That’s one of the lakes in the foreground above, with the Swan River and central Perth in the distance.

Despite the exposed location and grassy surroundings, there were plenty of waterbirds going about their daily routine. The Australasian Darter above was drying its feathers in the sun, since they aren’t waterproof like ducks’ feathers. Meanwhile, this Eurasian Coot was patiently sitting on its nest.

And among the reeds there was a pair of Great Crested Grebes with their nest.

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There are also plenty of waterbirds at Herdsman Lake, about 7km northwest of central Perth (on the horizon above). At present there are plenty of bird families with very cute offspring, like these Grey Teals.

You’ll often see Australian Wood Ducks grazing on the grass beside the lake, or out for a swim like these ones.

And the fluffy Black Swan cygnets are as cute as can be.

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We’ve also seen plenty of interesting wildlife in Perth recently. During our walks in the bushland of Bold Park, we noticed the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike above, just taking to the wing. By contrast, the family of Tawny Frogmouths below sat very still and pretended to be part of the tree.

And this Bobtail Goanna was hoping that we couldn’t see it hiding in the undergrowth.