Winter means hibernation…to bears, maybe. Not our birds! As winter comes to an end, we look back at another great Birdwatcher’s Breakfast in Centennial Park.
Our intrepid chief birdwatching tour leader, Trevor Waller, told us about this latest early morning exploration…
Our meeting point for the winter Birdwatcher’s Breakfast was the York Road gates in Centennial Park. This gave us an opportunity to check out Model Yacht Pond which we don’t usually get to see. There were a few duck species on display including Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal and Hardhead.
Crossing Grand Drive we stood on the edge of Willow Pond where we had a fantastic opportunity to compare the four cormorant species that use the islands in the pond to breed. Even though it was the winter walk we saw a few individuals carrying nesting material into the trees. On the grassy around the edge of the pond we found some Dusky Moorhens and a Magpie-Lark.
We walked along Dickens Drive to Lachlan Swamp where we stopped to look at a roosting Tawny Frogmouth in the spotting scope. What usually happens when we do this is that someone will spot another one nearby, and true to form that’s exactly what happened. It is always a thrill to find these well camouflaged nocturnal birds.
We crossed the Lily Pond bridge and moved on to Duck Pond. The water level was unusually low and there was a small island exposed in the pond. The silver Gulls and a few other species took advantage of the extra Sydney real estate to gather there.
We had a good breakfast to top off a great walk and I demonstrated the versatility of my spotting scope by using it as a coffee table, a camera hanger and a hat stand all-in-one.
My thanks go to Barbara and Joanne for the great “people” photos. I look forward to the spring walk when there will be breeding activity and returned migrants on the menu.