Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birds (III) - Lake Monger

Lake Monger Reserve is located about 5 km north of Perth. I first visited the lake this May and was quite impressed with the number of birds I found there.

There were lots of black swans (Cynus atratus) there. Many black swans nest at the lake. Even black swans that nest at the nearby Herdmans Lake rear their cynets on the lawn areas of Lake Monger Reserve (described here).

Besides black swans, there were lots of other waterbirds too. It was estimated that at least 33 waterbird species could be found here (described here).

It was apparently a mixed group here, including the pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa), Australasian shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) and Eurasian coot (Fulica atra).

Eurasian coot (Fulica atra) - it has partial webbing on its long, strong toes. The size of those toes is just amazing.

View of Perth across Lake Monger

Lake Monger at dusk

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