Water, Water Everywhere

Perth is a bit soggy after yesterday’s unseasonal deluge. These views of Mabel Talbot Park in Jolimont would normally be all grass, footpaths and picnic areas. But the little lake has almost taken over the entire park.


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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.

Wildflowers in Season 3

We went for a walk along the Davilak Trail at Manning Park, south of Fremantle, recently. After climbing up the long staircase to the hilltop, you get great views of the lake in the park. And there are wildflowers in bloom beside the winding trail along the escarpment.

We saw Parrot Bush (above) and Thick-leaved Fanflower (below).

And also this Cryptandra mutila, which was covered in masses of small creamy yellow flowers.