Out for a Duck

As well as the birds in yesterday’s blog post, we also spotted these two Aussie ducks in the small suburban lake at Neil McDougall Park – an Australian Shoveler above and Australian Shelduck below.


Lake Life

We’re always amazed by the variety of birds that you can see in Perth suburbs. Even quite small suburban lakes, like Neil McDougall Lake (above), often have a surprising number of waterbirds.

On a recent visit we spotted this Pelican having a bite to eat, while a nearby Great Egret was patiently waiting for snack to swim past.

Urban Wildlife 3

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.