When we were walking through Bold Park in Perth a few days back, we spotted this family of Tawny Frogmouths sitting in a dead tree. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that they spotted us. These strange looking birds are described as being “common” in bird books, but we don’t see them all that often. They aren’t owls, but are nocturnal and have large owl-like eyes.
We also go for plenty of walks through bushland here in Perth. One of our favourites is Bold Park, which has a variety of walking trails and lots of wildflowers in late winter and early spring. Amazingly, the park is only about 10km from the city centre, which is occasionally visible from the walking trails.
As well as the Bois de Boulogne, which we featured yesterday, we also went for an enjoyable walk in the Bois de Vincennes during our trip to Paris. We started in the park, with its lakes and wildlife.
And then went for a quiet walk through the green, leafy woods.
During our holiday in Paris last month, we went for a walk in the woods every couple of days. It was mid autumn and the leaves were falling to create a soft, yellow carpet.
There are plenty of woods in Paris. This one is Bois de Boulogne, which has lots of walking trails. It looks and feels like you are way out in the countryside. But it is actually just two Metro stops from the Arc de Triomphe, and you occasionally have a glimpse of the Eiffel tower in between the trees.
We also spotted this Australasian Grebe on the nest at Lake Claremont, in Perth’s western suburbs. The chicks had hatched, but weren’t straying too far – as you can see from their tiny heads among mum’s feathers. There was also one unhatched egg in the nest.
There are also plenty of Black-winged Stilts at Lake Claremont at present. You don’t appreciate why they are called Stilts until they step out of the water.
Nearby there were two chicks hunting around for something to eat. They don’t have their parents’ good looks or long legs yet – but they’re working on it.
Late spring is a great time for birdwatching in Perth. The seasonal lakes still have plenty of water, so there are plenty of waterbirds and many of them have youngsters in tow.
We saw these Pink-eared Ducks with their super cute ducklings at Lake Claremont a few days back.