Perth 12/13th

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Subject: Perth 12/13th
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2002 09:54:07 +1100
Hi all, Just been over to Perth on business and I went for a couple of early morning walks near the CBD and saw some interesting birds...
Kings Park 12th
Singing and Brown Honeyeaters were everywhere and in the Botanical Gardens area as were a number of White-Cheeked Honeyeaters. It was great to see a lot of Western Ringnecks which are also common in the park, particularly on the slopes. The best bird, which I hadn't seen in the Perth area before was a group of 6 Short-Billed Black-Cockatoos, which were also on the slopes at the top of the path that follows the hill line adjacent to the river. Also of interest was an Immature Brown Goshawk in the center of the park in the scrub area as were a group of Weebill.
Walk around the bridges 13th
This is a great walk from yr hotel, all around the river area from the South Causeway to the bridge near Kings Park to the north. You need to get up early if you're needed in the office for 9:00 as it took me about 2 hours (I think its 10kms).
Around Heirisson Island Brown and Singing Honeyeaters were everywhere as were a number of Laughing Doves. Also on the Island was a single Common Sandpiper and Black-Shouldered Kite.
I found some small lakes with limited reed cover on the SthWest side of the river walk, but the birds here were very good. These included a single Black-Tailed Native Hen a couple of Great-Crested Gebes, 6 Hoary Headed Grebes, Shoveler, a single Pink-Eared Duck a couple of Musk Duck, 10 Blue-Billed Duck and heaps of Great Egrets flying over-head in small groups. Other interesting birds on the walk were Fairy and Tree Martins and a group of about 40 Little Corella.
In total saw 47 species on this walk (35 on the Kings Park walk and 55 species across the 2 walks).
These 2 walks are great early morning walks if you're in Perth on Business and don't have time to jump in a car and go further a-field.
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