Suburban Wildlife 2

Plenty of Black Swans at Herdsman Lake, within eyesight of Perth’s CBD. And this venomous Tiger Snake slithering through the grass, as well.

Also spotted this pair of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos having a chat in an inner west suburb. You don’t have to go bush to find interesting wildlife in Perth!


Suburban Wildlife 1

We are always amazed by the number of different animals that you can find living in the suburbs of Perth.

The Great Egret up top was photographed at Herdsman Lake, the Nankeen Night Heron above was staring at us from the shadows at Perry Lakes, and the Blue Skimmer dragonfly below was resting at Subiaco Common.

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.

Urban Wildlife

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.

Hong Kong – Wildlife

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.