Perth Lakes – Subiaco

The ornamental lake at Subiaco Common is so small that you can walk around it in about two minutes.

But even though it is small and surrounded by housing, you can see some interesting birds there. Small fluffy Australasian Grebes (below) are there almost all the time, as are coots and Pacific Black Ducks. Sometimes you will find Black Swans, Shelducks and maybe even a Kingfisher.

Perth Lakes – Jolimont

Jolimont Lake, in Mabel Talbot Park, is only a few hundred metres in width. So you can walk right around it in five minutes.

Despite its small size, quite a lot of birds come to the lake at different times of the year – including several duck species, herons, egrets, spoonbills, coots, grebes and swans. Informative signs describe some of the birds that you may see. On a recent visit, we saw this family of Australian Wood Ducks out for a swim.

Perth Lakes – Manning

Manning Lake, south of Fremantle, is even smaller than the lakes in our two previous blog entries – the walk around the lake is just over a kilometre in length.

When we were there recently, there were several species of ducks, ibises (below) and a variety of cockatoos and galahs at the lake and its surrounding park. At the park there is also a homestead museum, a vintage machinery museum and a roughish walking trail up to a nearby hilltop.

Perth Lakes – Monger

If the 7.7km walk around Herdsman Lake (featured in yesterday’s blog entry) sounds a bit too far, a great alternative is Lake Monger. This lake is just 5km from Perth centre and has a 3.5km path which goes right around the shore.

There are plenty of waterbirds, including many species of ducks, waterhens, ibises, egrets, herons, spoonbills, swans, coots and so on. Earlier this week we stopped to admire this striking Australasian Shoveler.

Perth Lakes – Herdsman

Being located on the Swan Coastal Plain, Perth isn’t very well supplied with mountain hiking trails. However it has many great lakes to walk around. One of the largest is Herdsman Lake, which is 7km from the city centre, but looks closer than that in the photo above.

The walk around the lake is 7.7km in length, but is flat and quite easy. Along the way you can see many interesting waterbirds, including ducks, swans, coots, egrets, herons, ibises, spoonbills and many more. On a recent visit we noticed a Nankeen Night Heron (above) peering at us from the treetops and a shy Buff Banded Rail (below) looking for a snack in the shallows.

Lake Life

Even quite small lakes in Perth can have interesting birdlife. The lake in Mabel Talbot Park is only about 100m across. It is surrounded by suburbia and is getting quite shallow at present – but it often has plenty of waterbirds.

We were there recently and saw a Great Egret (above), some Yellow-billed Spoonbills (below), and plenty of ducks and ibises. However it’s a matter of luck – the next day there were just a few ducks.