Saturday, June 4, 2011

Penrith Lakes

I needed to get out of the house, so with new binoculars at hand, and a sunny winters day, it was time to head back to Penrith Lakes that we did 8 weeks ago.

Penrith lakes is a man made system of lakes, some still under construction. Earlier sections were used for our 2000 Olympics for rowing and kayaking. It is fast becoming a haven for water birds as well as others.

My binoculars certainly improve my ability to identify water birds. I found ducks difficult with the other pair as their range was not as good. what I did fine was, that you have to keep perfectly still. As some friends know I shake and this was evident using these bins. I had to concentrate very hard to try and relax and reduce it.

This is what I saw:- Hoary-headed Grebe, Australian Raven, Australian Magpie, Hard Head, (its a duck), Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Little Black Cormorant, Australian Black Swan, Purple Swamp hen, Australasian Grebe, White-faced heron, Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pee Wee, Willy Wagtail, Welcome Swallow, Black- Shouldered Kite, Crested Pigeon, Fan-Tailed Cuckoo, Superb Fairy Wren, White Plumed Honey Eater, Red Wattle Bird, House Sparrow, Australian Pelican, Common Starling, Indian Miner, Little Raven, Black-Faced Cuckoo Shrike, Bul Bul, Red Rumped Parrot, Masked Lapwing, Little pied Cormorant, Little Corella, Button Quail.

It was a pleasant walk in the countryside