Sydney Park – Wetter than ever

Sydney Park in St Peters, inner-west suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

I live not far from here so it is a very convenient place for me. But I haven’t been there in a while and there has been a lot of rain, and the wildlife is pretty happy with it.

The Spoonbill, below, is an occasional visitor to the area. With the abundance of water comes an abundance of life, very tempting for a hungry bird.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pied Cormorant here, before. This one was quite happy to let me get pretty close for this photo. Even when people went by on bikes, it didn’t fly away.

The usual Black Cormorant, much more flighty. It seems to have a permanently worried expression to go with this character.

In parts of the wetlands, there is an abundance of weed floating on the surface, and the ducks and moorhens etc. took delight in this, swimming through it, diving beneath it, presumably eating it.

The moorhens are still having babies – they are such prolific breeders!

Moorhen chick 1

Another happy duck, its face covered with green.

Sticky beak

And a Little Grebe nesting on the pond, even at this time of year.

Nesting Grebe

Finally, a short video showing the creek with actual water in it, and the spoonbill has a funny altercation at the end.


2 Responses to “Sydney Park – Wetter than ever”

  1. 28 January 2012 at 2:05 pm

    These shots are really beautiful. The wetness is creatively pictured, along with the shades of green.

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