Winter in Albert Park, Melbourne – 10,000 Birds


After we spent a couple of weeks in Melbourne in the summertime of 2015, which was February, I might typically stroll to Albert Park. I might do a lap of the lake and soak up the entire totally different species of birds that referred to as the town residence. Visiting Albert Park in winter lately, all wrapped up in layers of clothes – ethically sourced down is sweet! – we encountered a distinct number of birds. It stays a very good location for observing birds near the town and simply accessible by public transport. The header picture is the view from the far finish of the lake the place you’ll be able to see the town skyline within the distance.

As you’ll be able to see within the picture the lake was fairly tough and the entire birds that had been on the water had been actually coming up and down. The space across the lake is roughly 5 kilometres and there are restricted locations to shelter if a storm approaches quick. You’re principally uncovered to the weather and though fingerless gloves are useful for utilizing binoculars it does imply chilly fingers!

Map of the lake

A number of the waterbirds and geese appeared for use to the chilly climate and water, however possibly they’d reasonably bob about on the water than be blown about on the land.

Coots bobbing on the lake

Australasian Grebe bobbing on the lake

Australian Wooden Geese and Coots on the lake

Pacific Black Duck on the lake

There have been actually good numbers of Black Swans as soon as once more. Most of the Black Swans are individually marked with collars round their necks and likewise steel bands on their legs. They use a distinct mixture of black and white collars relying on the intercourse of the Black Swans and there have been a number of pairs swimming collectively.

Pair of Black Swans individually marked

Black Swan making an attempt to disregard the climate

You’re nonetheless in a position to report any of your Black Swan sightings to the platform that I discussed in 2015 and see the historical past of the Black Swan. There are actually some new collars that aren’t as vast and carry an information logger that experiences GPS and exercise. The issue with the brand new collars is that the highest of the band can’t be learn. The excellent news is that they’ll work out the mixture, as a result of if the collar is white it’s a feminine and begins with a “T”. If the collar is black the chook is male and the band begins with a “V”.

Black Swan with partially hidden collar identification

As we walked across the lake there have been giant numbers of Dusky Moorhens wandering about on the grass. A number of the sheltered areas had been being utilized by the Chestnut Teal as a roost.

Dusky Moorhen

Chestnut Teal

Personally I believed the Little Pied Cormorants seemed like they’d had sufficient of winter! The phrase “grumpy” involves thoughts!

Little Pied Cormorant

The Australasian Darters had been both very relaxed after a very good meal or had been making an attempt to get dry after fishing within the chilly water. After all there have been Silver Gulls hanging about on the off-chance there have been scraps.

Australasian Darter and Silver Gulls

After we had accomplished our stroll we stopped to have our scorching drink and observed an Australian Magpie that was additionally individually marked. We had been in a position to report the Australian Magpie to the ABBBS and acquired data again concerning the particular person. It had acquired the steel band and numerical band on ninth Could 2017 in the identical location. You’ll find out extra about the research here.

Australian Magpie “132”

We’d suggest a lap of Albert Park to see all kinds of chook species 12 months spherical. Nonetheless, the Components One Australian Grand Prix is held annually at this location and entry over these days is restricted to automobile racing reasonably than birdwatching. In 2024 will probably be 21st-24th March, so plan to go birding exterior of these dates!



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