Visiting the park

Love visiting Birdsland Reserve (formerly Birds Paddock) and my husband and I went for an afternoon walk this week. I usually do early morning walks but it’s nice to do so at a different time of the day sometimes.



Pied Cormorant

The Pied Cormorant is a common visitor to water areas in Australia. Sometimes known as a Shag too.

Watching me from its perch on high.

Leaving its perch to fly to the lake.

Great Cormorants and Little Black Cormorants

So my last post talked about a family of Cormorants. Well, it seems, they were two different types of cormorants. The Little Black Cormorant below and, at the bottom, the Great Cormorant.  There is definitely a difference in size when you see them together, but not a massive difference. They enjoyed being together. This morning when I was back at the park there were four Great Cormorants on that same dead tree in the water and a smaller Little Black Cormorant diving in the lake.

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant family

Great Cormorant

More birds for the Gallery

I’ve been building up a Gallery of the bird life I find in a couple of parks not far from my home.  Birdsland Reserve, funnily enough, not named for its inhabitants, but rather for the family that used to own the land, by the name of ‘Bird’, and secondly Lysterfield Park.  You’ll find the two galleries here.

I’m delighted that I keep seeing birds I hadn’t seen at Birdsland Reserve before. I don’t know if this is because I’m a newcomer there (having only begun visiting regularly since early this year) or whether it’s because the birds are seasonal and, as each season turns, I begin to see a new wave of life there.

Over the past two weeks I saw a Great Cormorant for the first time and then today, saw the whole family on the bigger lake. I also saw Swallows darting around – I only noticed them for the first time a few days ago.  I hope to get much closer shots as my visits increase now that Spring has arrived.

Two swallows

Great Cormorant

Popular with dogs too

Regular visitors at Birdsland Reserve include dogs and their owners. Quite a variety of dogs and most are very happy looking and obviously love their time at the park. I’m tempted to do a study of the dogs there 🙂 Here are a small selection of them.

Zoe the dalmation

Happy dogs at the park

And this one was taken in much warmer weather.

Dog enjoys the water

And this is Ned who goes totally psycho whenever he sees me. Very happy dog.