Diving feeders – Hardheads, Australasian Grebes and Hoary-headed Grebes – in better than average numbers suggest aquatic invertebrates and other small prey are plentiful in Freshwater Lake. With levels of both main lakes remaining fairly high, conditions are good for supporting birds.
Visiting nectar feeders, especially Rainbow Lorikeets, Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds, abound in the park’s large Spotted Gums, which have flowered since April.
Our resident observer recorded a diverse range of visiting raptors during April. One Brown Falcon may be staying on, as it was also seen today in Howe Parade Extension south of the bridge.
The frequency of spoonbill sightings on Freshwater Lake last month provides more evidence of suitable food available for wetland bird species.
Also of interest is the increasing range of honeyeaters in the park, with White-naped Honeyeaters recorded this survey.
|2 + 6D
|Australian Wood Duck
|Pacific Black Duck
|55+ (7 blue)
|Little Pied Cormorant
|Little Black Cormorant
|Eastern Great Egret
|New Holland Honeyeater
|Australian White Ibis
|120 + 3D
Number of Bird Species – Wetland dependent & Raptors 20 Land based 23 Total 43 species
Other animals:Common Froglet heard in dam and How Parade Extension Wetlands, Brush-tailed Possum
* seen at/along Yarra River only. D- Denotes dependent young plus number of separate broods.
Note: For species seen in large numbers, or for which accurate counting was difficult the number seen is rounded off to the nearest of tens or fives followed by a +.
Habitat: The Large Freshwater and Saltwater lakes are at a similar level to the previous month, and conditions in both lakes continue to be good for supporting birds. Diving feeders, comprising Hardheads Australasian Grebes and Hoary-headed Grebes are present in better than average numbers suggesting aquatic invertebrates and other small prey are plentiful in the Large Freshwater Lake.
With a number of Spotted Gums in flower during April and this month there are large numbers of visiting nectar feeders in the park, especially Rainbow Lorikeets, Musk Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds.
- A diverse range of visiting raptors recorded by George during April. One of them, a Brown Falcon may be staying for a while as it was seen today in the Howe Parade Extension Area south of the big bridge.
- The frequency of spoonbill sightings on the Large Freshwater Lake over the last month are yet more evidence of suitable food available in the lake for a range of wetland bird species.