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Walking on a winter’s day: water birds

All but one of the photos in this post were taken yesterday on a brief, late afternoon walk around our local lake.  It is just a few minutes’ drive – or less than an hour’s walk – from the heart of Perth’s CBD.

Lake Monger will be the subject of a future post.

Meanwhile, this one should give you some sense of  the common birds that anyone could see there, easily, at almost any time.

It is winter here; the migratory birds have flown north.

The general abundance of water in southwest WA at this time of year means that the “local” birds can spread out; the “locals” do not need to congregate at a “permanent” body of water such as Lake Monger.

So this is the “worst” time for bird-watching at Lake Monger.

It’s still pretty good!

Ibis, Lake Monger's northern shore, late on a winter's day.
Ibis, Lake Monger’s northern shore, late on a winter’s day.

 

Australasian grebe on a winter's day, Lake Monger. All photos are copyright Doug Spencer.
Australasian grebe on a winter’s day, Lake Monger. All photos are copyright Doug Spencer.

 

Egret, Lake Monger's western shore, late afternoon in winter.
Egret, Lake Monger’s western shore, late afternoon in winter.

Whenever you walk around Lake Monger you will always see at least several duck species, black swans, and at least two kinds of “coot”. (although I photographed the one below at another of Perth’s many lakes and wetlands)

Australasian purple coot on a nearly-dry Lake Claremont, early May 2016.
Australasian purple swamphen on a nearly-dry Lake Claremont, early May 2016.

 

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