We could really do with some rain now. We’ve had just 44mm this year so far, and most of that was in a couple of heavy downpours. The lakes at Yanchep and Joondalup have all but dried up and the water birds have taken the huff. A lot of them have simply upped sticks and gone south closer to Perth where the lakes are still watery.
So this week I took my bike down to Herdsman and cycled there one morning, and found all the missing birds.
The biggest treat was finding this spoonbill. I’ve seen them before, but this is the first time I’ve been close enough to get a good picture. I didn’t realise until now just quite how daft they look.
New bird! I also saw this – a hardhead. I’d never even heard of one before but there were several there.
One of the stranger sights was this egret walking along the edge of the cycle path – right next to the dual carriage-way.
I counted over 20 glossy ibis together, along with several teals. Thanks to the people at Birdlife Australia we managed to get the teals identified as grey ones. There’s a picture of the teals and ibis at the bottom.
There were plenty of very Australian birds out too. Kookaburra, black swan and willie-wagtail all out and about.
I’ll have to learn to pay more attention to the ‘Caution – Snake Habitat’ signs. Fortunately my friend managed to say ‘watch it – snake’ before I stood on the tiger snake. I wasn’t in the rough grass. It was just in the very short , mown, green lawn by the visitor centre. And it was barely even visible as it slithered away, managing to stay under the grass somehow.
The clouds have been gathering for a couple of weeks now, and the humidity has been up at over 90% for a lot of the time, so maybe the rain will arrive soon. And maybe a few more of the birds will return.