Recently, a group of enthusiastic ‘early-birders’ took on the challenge of our summer Birdwatcher’s Breakfast – and weren’t disappointed with what they spotted. 33 species of bird in 90 minutes!
Our chief birdwatching tour guide, Trevor Waller, gave us a few little insights into the latest adventure (and later lists all of the species spotted on the walk!):
We vary things a lot on our birdwatching tours, and this time our first stop was Musgrave Pond where we had great spotting scope views of the three main water fowl species (Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen and Purple Swamphen) found in the Parklands. Early mornings are the best time to be out spotting these birds at play – and we weren’t disappointed with a passing visit by some Pacific Black Ducks, Grey Teals and an Australasian Grebe which were feeding nearby.
After spending a few moments with ducks and Black Swans on One More Shot Pond, we dodged around some early morning fitness fanatics in the Park and headed to Willow Pond. Here we saw a number of Great Cormorants, some of which were showing their white flank spot (meaning that they are still in breeding plumage).
After visiting Duck Pond to see the Pied Cormorants we made our way to the Centennial Parklands Learning Centre (via a close encounter with a Laughing Kookaburra!) for some breakfast, where we watched Figbirds flying through the trees above us.
Trevor Waller on the Spotter Scope at Duck Pond
Can we spot 125 bird species in the 125th anniversary year?
We are about to launch a Centennial Park 125th Anniversary challenge, with Trevor and his birdwatching adventurers giving us a great start.
>> Challenge: can we spot 125 species of birds in 2013?
Records kept by the late Ern Hoskin identified more than 140 species of birds in Centennial Park (here is a link to Ern’s Bird List).
We will shortly announce how you can participate and how to log your sightings.
The next guided walk would be a great opportunity!
Our next guided birdwatching tour will be a special “International Dawn Chorus Walk” on Sunday 5 May 2013. Book in now!
So, what did they spot on this walk?
In no particular order:
- Australasian Grebe
- Eurasian Coot
- Dusky Moorhen
- Purple Swamphen
- Little Black Cormorant
- Little Pied Cormorant
- Great Cormorant
- Pied Cormorant
- Australasian Darter
- Great Egret
- White-faced Heron
- Masked Lapwing
- Welcome Swallow
- Eastern Koel
- Long-billed Corella
- Australian White Ibis
- Black Swan
- Pacific Black Duck
- Grey Teal
- Australian Magpie
- Australian Raven
- Crested Pigeon
- Rainbow Lorikeet
- Silver Gull
- Willie Wagtail
- Noisy Miner
- Common Myna
- Common Starling
- Pied Currawong
- Laughing Kookaburra
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Birdwatching is actually a great, fun, relaxing (and at times, entertaining) way of spending some time in Centennial Parklands. While we would love you to join us on one of our tours, if you wanted to do some birdwatching yourself then here’s a few tips!
And remember…if you love the birds, please don’t feed them! We understand that visitors enjoy feeding the birds, however it is not healthy for Centennial Parklands birds, particularly breads and other non-natural food products. As such, we request that you do not feed the birds.