It was school holidays and I had taken some time off to celebrate my daughter Sienna’s second birthday, as well as look after my 4 year old son Liam on the days that my wife Mel was working.
I had a free morning that Mel had a play date arranged but didn’t have many great ideas for seeing some wildlife. Alfred Cove Nature Reserve was close to the play date venue and I thought I could see some nice birds there. It is located on the Southern Swan river with mudflats and inter-tidal vegetation which attract bird life. It can host more than 140 species of birds – some from as far away as Mongolia and Siberia! It’s an easy site to get to – just off Canning Hwy, with convenient parking at Troy Park.
I parked the car and walked to view the mudflats which can be accessed across the park. I choose not to go over any of the fences at the reserve – to respect the birds habitat – though it can be tempting for closer views.
I saw this amazing exposed feral bee hive hanging off one of the trees!
From the parkland and across some of the samphire I saw a number of birds often seen around Perth as below.
This Black-faced cuckoo-shrike let me get very close which is unusual.
Once I reached the mudflats I saw a Grey plover in what I think is breeding plumage as they often look pretty plain.
Other lovely water birds were seen such as the Common (not so common for me!) greenshank and the elegant long-legged Pied stilt. There were many others but I have limited my photos of the standard birds for this post.
I saw a number more birds whilst walking anticlockwise down Burke Drive onto some of the boardwalks to the other side of the cove. The sighting of the morning was a Pallid cuckoo.
It was a lovely walk with many bird species seen but unfortunately the normally resident Eastern osprey were not present.