After receiving good rainfall in October water levels in all lakes, smaller water bodies and the dam remain high. The numbers of water birds continue to be low, especially for those that are usually the most abundant in the park, Chestnut Teal (27) and Eurasian Coots (12). There were a number of birds on the edge of the saltwater lake, including Black-winged Stilts, Masked Lapwings and Black-fronted Dotterels.
– The single Southern Boobook appears to have taken up residence in the park. It has been roosting in the trees along the northern edge of the freshwater lake for at least a week (since 23 Oct).
– A higher than usual number of birds considered as occasional visitors were recorded today and during October. They include White-necked Heron, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Horsfield’s Bronze-Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo, Southern Boobook and Sacred Kingfisher. According to our records over the last 10 years most of these species are predominantly spring visitors (Sept–Nov) to Westgate Park.