… Black Swans …
… and these amusing cormorants.
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.
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.
We also saw more wildlife than you might expect during our trip to Hong Kong last month, including the Red-whiskered Bulbul above on Lamma Island and the grasshopper below on Lantau Island.
We also came across a number of cows roaming free on Lantau Island, in the area around Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.
And one day we looked out of the window of our hotel room in Causeway Bay, and found a large Black Kite looking in at us. It was standing on a ledge below the window.
We didn’t see such a lot of wildlife along the Cape to Cape Track last week, but what we did see was quite interesting. The large, primeval looking bug above conveniently posed right next to a trail marker. And the Bobtail below was right on the hiking trail.
We saw the kangaroos below (or maybe it’s more correct to say that they saw us) in a field near the cabin where we stayed for several nights.