February 19, 2019

On Tuesday 30th January Brendan Kinsella noticed some movement in the trees near the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre and upon investigation he spotted a recently fledged Pallid Cuckoo juvenile in close proximity to a Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys nest.

You will noti...

December 11, 2018

Herdsman visitors Angela Streitel and Sean Nolan captured fantastic photos of a juvenille Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus (which means banded captor), spotted on the Olive Seymour Boardwalk.

These are commonly seen around the wooded parts of Herdsman Lake. At the mome...

October 17, 2018

The spectacular Rainbow bee-eaters are back! This morning I spotted 2 Rainbow Bee-Eaters (Merops ornatus) on the western side of Herdsman Lake. They have been off up north (a bit like our Grey Nomads) enjoying the warmth, whilst we shiver through winter. In winter ther...

October 15, 2018

Spotted on the Olive Seymour Boardwalk were these lovely Australian White Ibis Threskiornis moluccus. For a while Australia confused them up with a similar bird of the Middle East and Africa, the Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus, calling them by the wrong name.


October 11, 2018

Last  Friday 5th October, 2018  we had numerous reports of female turtles, the Oblong Turtle (Chelodina colliei) , laying eggs around the lake, it was estimated that up to 30 came out on that day alone. The mums come out of the lake (dad has done his bit and stays...

October 9, 2018

At the moment there are young birds everywhere, so it’s a great time for photographers!

Around the drain area you can see Nolyaang (Nyungar name) or Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa)  and  Kwirlam or Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio)  both have more advance...

September 4, 2018

In the past 2 weeks we have had 4 turtle hatchlings brought to WA Gould League at the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, after people have come across them on their daily strolls. Right now (August – September) is a peak time for the Oblong or Western long-neck turtle (Che...

August 13, 2018

Herdsman Lake Picture: Today Tonight

Our Centre Manager was interviewed by Today Tonight at Herdsman Lake discussing the wild Perth weather we've had this winter. You can view the video here:


August 7, 2018

Over the past two days Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has contracted a monster of a machine to dig out some of the fast encroaching Bulrush, Typha orientalis, around the Olive Seymour Boardwalk, to protect the natural habitat and o...

August 7, 2018

Herdsman has more raptors than just the Swamp Harrier! Landing on the roof of the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre on our Sunday opening was an Australian Hobby (they are a type of Falcon, also called the Little Falcon).

It is a smallish bird about the size of a school rul...

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