Our Bushland Diary

Monday, July 4, 2011

birdwatching at Woodlake

Our next event is a Bird Walk around Woodlake Park, on Sunday 10th July.

We will meet at the carpark next to the Woodlake Community Centre, in Highpoint Boulevard, at 9 am

The walk will be an easy stroll around the lake-side path, with frequent stops to look at waterfowl, honeyeaters, and perhaps many other kinds of birds.  We expect to be back at the carpark around 10 am.

Australian Wood Ducks, female on the left, male on the right
Bring binoculars and a camera.  Remember to wear a hat.  Children are welcome (with their parents or carers, of course), but pets are not.  If there is heavy rain, we may need to postpone to another day (or bring an umbrella!)

Here's a link to this event on Facebook, if you wish to share the details with friends.

The Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata) is just one kind of bird that can be seen at Woodlake Park.  The smart grey wings and chocolate head and neck are distinctive.  It is also known as the Maned Goose, because of long feathers on the back of the head and neck of the male.  This duck foregoes the usual duck habit of nesting amongst reeds on the ground; it nests in tree hollows near water.  It has a peculiar un-duck-like call, too; to me, it sounds like "meoooow"!  Although usually seen swimming around on the surface of the lake, they can also be spotted out on the lawns around the water's edge, nibbling the grass.

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