Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ospreys are back at Whitfords

two adults on the nest
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Despite yesterdays punishing winds, with gust of 90kmph recorded in the vicinity of this nest, the ospreys survived. This years two adult birds have been present on the same nest as last year. I'll be keeping an eye on progress and posting reports as the story unfolds. Last year they raised one juvenile.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kookaburra sits ...

Kookaburra sitting in an old gum tree at Star Swamp, Perth


These birds were introduced to Perth over 100 years ago and because of that are still somewhat maligned by many bird watchers. However, I think after 100 years it should be time to embrace them and consider them locals. There are always a few kookaburras around in any Perth bush or parkland where you have tall gum trees. The WA kookaburras were originally released from the Perth Zoo and gradually expanded their territory to include most of Western Australia's South West.

The kookaburra is from the kingfisher family and  the largest kingfisher in the world. They prey on mice, insects, lizards and small reptiles. Although a kingfisher this bird doesn't  tend to go for fish, unless you have an pond with some juicy goldfish swimming around!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Purple swamphens at Herdsman's Lake

Purple swamp-hen
Purple swamp-hens at Herdsman's Lake in Perth today, shining in the afternoon sun

Purple swamp-hen


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Red wattlebird, juvenile


Red wattle birds breed most years in our neighbourhood. This photo of a juvenile was taken a few years ago.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Rainbow Bee-eaters at Lake Gwelup





Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ospreys at Whitfords

Male osprey brings in a fish
I'm monitoring the osprey nest at Whitfords Nodes Beach Park near Hillarys in Perth. The nest is on top of the mobile phone tower there.

Last Sunday the male osprey flew up to the tower with a fish in his talons, and later brought the fish up to the female at the nest. The female then proceeded to feed one juvenile, which you can see in this photo. The juvenile is on the left, female in the middle and male osprey on the right, watching the proceedings.

Three ospreys at the nest, juvenile on the left
This juvenile is already quite advanced in growth and there may be more than one juvenile. It's quite hard to get a good photo with all the mobile tower contraptions obscuring the view.

Another shot of the osprey wrestling with a fish.

osprey with fish



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Reed warblers at Lake Monger

Australian Reed Warbler
There are plenty of reed-warblers calling loudly at Lake Monger at this time of year, but getting a photograph is another matter. They move very quickly in and out of the reeds, so you just have to keep snapping and hope for the best. This turned out better than I expected but I had several photos of just reeds!

Reed warblers are found on most Perth lakes.

This photo was taken today on a BirdLife WA excursion at Lake Monger from the bird viewing platform at the north side of the lake.