Friday, 16 October 2015

Centennial park, Sydney

We spent the morning in Centennial park, just a short walk from our hotel. It was by a long way the best place we have visited so far for birds and other wildlife. There were at least 300 Australian white ibis in the park, several Australian pelicans, lots of sulphur-crested cockatoos and a daytime roost of at least 200 fruit bats of two species, grey-headed and black with wing spans of over 1m.

These sulphur-crested cockatoos were digging like they'd struck gold, they got so deep that at one point they were both completely in the hole and out of view! Great to see the crest flick of what I assume is the male.

This is Willie Wagtail, one of the stars of the holiday so far. A great little personality with a decent song to boot.

Pacific black ducks.

Flying foxes,  grey-headed I think.


Black swans.

Australasian darter, male.

Australian pelican,  amongst other things.

Dusky moorhen, very like our moorhen but note the lack of white flank stripe.

Purple swamphen. I think that this is the same species as the European bird, just a different race.

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