I’ve passed Herdsman Lake many times but I recently managed a visit there and it was well worth it. Lots of different birds were out on show, many of them ready for breeding season. This great egret was happy for me to watch him fishing from fairly close by.
The most striking thing about the lake for me was the sheer numbers of ibis there. I’d never seen one until I came to Australia so it’s great to see so many. There are hundreds of them, perching in trees, grazing on the lawns and flying overhead.
Another surprise for me at Herdsman Lake was the blue-billed duck. I’d never heard of one, never mind seen them, but they were out in numbers too. The male’s bill really is very blue at breeding time.
The lake is in the middle of a built up area in NW Perth, with a visitor centre and car park on the southern edge. There are plenty of other car parks around it and footpaths, cycle tracks and one or two bird hides. This photo was taken from the board walk by the visitor centre. It’s fairly short but takes you right through into a reed bed and past this stretch of mangrove.
So, who else did I see?
A whistling kite hunting.
Honey eaters and wattle birds.
Australian Reed Warblers
I also saw tree martins, welcome swallows, shovellers, australasian grebes, great crested grebes, fantails, pelicans, pied cormorants, musk ducks, black swans, purple swamp-hens, black-tailed native-hens, black swans.
And a pacific duck with her new family. Very common but it’s always a treat to see a family of young ducklings.