December 4 bird survey

Continuing rains keep the park’s main water bodies nearly full.

The sighting of one Baillons Crake along the shoreline of the main island in the freshwater lake has been especially gratifying. These small attractive birds can be elusive and cryptic. Similarly solitary was the single Australian Wood Duck – this common species, which adapts readily to nearby human activity, is rarely seen in the park.

Regarding one of our continuing major threats, Noisy Miners generally only frequent the park’s north eastern corner, near the former HWT gatehouse.

Photo: Luke Seitz, eBird