Saturday, 15 October 2016

Harold Park and Park Dam

Saturday 15th October a.m.
 Another misty start with heavy cloud when we arrived at Harold Park, the temperature was reasonable at 9°C.We found the birds similar to our last visit but the Mute Swans were in conflict with two birds Yellow 690 and Red D19Y in warning mode to another adult with two Juveniles.There were Tufteds,Coots,Moorhens and a GC Grebe present.
 We moved down the road to Park Dam where there were two Adult Mute Swans with three Juveniles.It was good to see the pair of Gadwalls still present which were reported here last week by J.B., they kept to the middle of the lake so only a record snap was possible.We walked round the lake down to the inlet stream where we saw a couple of Cormorants plus Canadas,Coots and Little Grebes. We then walked back seeing the two adult GC Grebes with their juvenile.Then we heard a Wagtail and soon saw the Grey Wagtail land just in front of us for a couple of decent snaps, well as good as we could hope for in the gloom.We walked back to the other bank just in time to see a Kingfisher fly across the Lake and in to the tree at the corner.We headed towards it hoping to see it perched but it was soon off back across the Lake and up the inlet stream in the opposite corner, still great to see it and a first for us here.
Grey Wagtail


Cormorant with breakfast

Record snap of Gawalls

GC Grebe

Adults with Juvenile in tow

Little Grebe

Mute Swan in dispute mode

Tufted Duck

Canadas and Cormorant

Park Dam in the gloom 15/10/2016


  1. Well done locating the Kingfisher, hope it stays. The outlet channel is a good winter habitat.

  2. Thanks Jamie, always good to see a Kingfisher hope you catch up with it too.