Have just returned from a visit to Booragoon Swamp
located 15 kms form the Perth CBD.
Noticed a Whistling Kite fly past a Paperbark
tree and skilfully remove some bark as it banked. It then flew to a tree in the
eastern part of the swamp where another Whistling Kite was perched.
Although partly obscured, could make
out a partly completed nest.The perched bird then flew off and i could see
the original bird breaking off branches and placing them on the
Nice to see such a large raptor nesting in the
Booragoon Swamp is a very important breeding swamp
for Black Cormorants, Little Black Cormorants, Darters and other species such as
On 28 February 2001 saw the first large feeding
flock of Little Blacks on the Swan River for 2001, comprised about 2250
birds.The Little Blacks breed in large numbers at Booragoon and to my knowledge
this is the only significant breeding swamp in metro Perth.
For those birders travelling to Perth, Booragoon is
cetainly worth a visit. A boardwalk takes you into a part of the swamp and
excellent views are obtained.