Heron

White-Faced Heron

White-Faced Heron

I see at least one heron on most of my walks by lakes and rivers and, until now, they’ve all been white-faced herons.  The one above was one of several at Heirisson Island.

White-faced Heron at Lake Joondalup

White-faced Heron at Lake Joondalup

 

 

This one perched on the board-walk at Lake Joondalup for ages, watching me while I watched him.

 

 

 

White-Necked Heron in Moore River

White-Necked Heron in Moore River

 

 

It’s annoyed me for ages that my husband and son saw this white-necked heron while they were out kayaking, but I had never seen one.  They aren’t as common as white-faced ones.

 

 

White-Necked Heron

White-Necked Heron

 

This weekend I was lucky enough to see 2 of them at a place I’d never visited before – Pipidinny swamp.

At Pipidinny Swamp

At Pipidinny Swamp

 

 

They seem much more shy than their white-faced cousins, and they’re quite a bit bigger.  They both flew off before I’d even seen them.  Luckily this one landed and let me creep close enough to get a photo.

 

When I looked on the Birdlife Australia sightings page, it turned out that lots of these Australian birds had arrived and been seen in the area recently.  It would be great if they could hang around for long enough for me to see them again and maybe get some pictures from a little closer.

Flying away

Flying away

Heirisson Island, Perth

Heirisson Island view of Perth City

Heirisson Island view of Perth City

Heirisson Island is an absolute gem in Perth and seems remarkably under-appreciated.  It’s right on the doorstep of the main part of the city, in the middle of the Swan River, at the end of Riverside Drive.  There’s a busy road (The Causeway),  which connects the North and South of the city, and it crosses the island.  If you head south on The Causeway, you can pull into a car park on the island.  Once there, it feels a million miles from city centre life.

Pelican

Pelican

 

I called in this week for an hour for a walk in the middle of an otherwise busy day and there was plenty to see.  This pelican was having a mid-day rest and didn’t seem interested in my presence.

 

 

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

 

The island has its own population of kangaroos. You have to go through a gate on the western side of the island, where there’s a fence to stop them wandering onto the road.  In the daytime in summer, they’re usually sleeping in the shade, but this week was cooler so they were out grazing.

 

Island on the island

Island on the island

This shows an island within a lake on the island in the river – strange.  Note how there’s nobody else in the picture at all!  Despite being in a city.  Why?

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Because it’s so close to the sea, the tide still effects this part of the river.  This means that the water is brackish and there are natural tubes for the river water to flow in and out of the lakes on the island.  So that explains how jellyfish have come to populate the water on the island.

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

This time there were lots of herons around.  I saw at  least 7 in the wetland area.  Much more shy than the pelican or the darter, but they still let me get close enough to get some photos.

There are usually darters somewhere to be seen on the island, and often they will be stretching their wings out to dry like the one below.

Australasian Darter

Australasian Darter

There are development plans around for the island. One plan is to make a sculpture park.  However, I quite like it as it is – quiet, peaceful and natural.

Night Heron

Night Heron in Flight

Night Heron in Flight

Last week’s post ended with a fairly rubbish picture of a night heron.  They’re still around here at the moment and I’ve seen them a couple of times since.

Night Heron

Night Heron

Sometimes, the first one or two to arrive sit and wait for the others on this aerial before heading to the water.
night heron tree

 

Perching Tree

Perching Tree

night heron 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Landing in this tree at dusk, they look like they’re getting ready to roost. They aren’t, they’re preparing for fishing.  Do I have any photos of that? No, because by then it’s too dark for me to get a photo of anything at that distance, so you’ll just have to imagine.

3 Flying

3 Flying