It's baby bird season!
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 advanced young, as they nested last month.
Near the entrance to the carpark, high up is the nest of the Koolbardi or the Western Magpie (Gymnorhina tibecen dorsalis - which means "noisy, of the back" referring to the mottled back of the female) have two chicks. I was lucky enough to watch as the mother fed the young insects, but clearly not enough, as soon after the parent left, if I moved they would jump to attention in anticipation of more! The nest is an interesting concoction of twigs, wire and string all threaded together and then lined with grass, not a pretty nest, but it does the job. The eggs hatched after about 3 weeks and then it is another month or so before the young are fledged so the parents can be relieved of the arduous task of food providing (something mum’s know all about). We are so lucky to have such beautiful sights here on our doorstep, so take a walk around Herdsman and see some for yourself!