The Birds of Lake Karrinyup

The presence of both woodlands and wetlands makes Lake Karrinyup Country Club an excellent habitat for many species of birds.

Lake Karrinyup is part of a long chain of fresh water lakes and wetlands. Many of the birds listed below frequent more than one area. A survey conducted in 1999 for The Birds of Australia Atlas project by Mr Derek Lawson identified 60 species. Further observations by Mr Ross Duffield, Mr Phil Roe and Dr Hamish McGlashan have confirmed these sightings, and new sightings have raised the number to 78 species.

To help with their identification, the birds have been grouped into 2 categories:

  • Birds of the Wetlands
  • Birds of Prey, Birds of the Bush and the Open Country

Within each category the birds are grouped in the approximate order shown in reference works by BirdLife Australia, and in the recent Field Guide to Australian Birds by Michael Morcombe. Click on the name of each bird below to display a picture and more information.


1. Birds of the Wetlands

Swans

(Contributor: Hamish McGlashan)

Ducks

(Contributor: Hamish McGlashan)

Several of the different species of ducks are very happy in each other’s company so it is worthwhile having a careful look at the groups gathered on the edge of the lakes and on the water to see the different varieties.

Grebes

(Contributor: John Taylor)

Cormorants, and Pelicans

(Contributor: John Taylor)

Herons, Egrets, Ibis

(Contributor: Brad Law)

Moorhens

(Contributor: John Taylor)

Waders and Sandpipers

(Contributor: John Taylor)

2. Birds of Prey, Birds of the Bush, and the open country

Birds of Prey

(Contributor: Phil Roe)

Doves, and Pigeons

(Contributor: John Taylor)

Cockatoos, Lorikeets, and Parrots

(Contributor: Michael Lewis)

Owls, and Frogmouths

(Contributor: Trish Hoile)

Kingfishers, and Bee-eaters

(Contributor: Trish Hoile)

Wrens

(Contributor: Trish Hoile)

Pardalotes, Thornbills, and Gerygones

(Contributor: Trish Hoile)

Wattlebirds, and Honeyeaters

(Contributor: Cynthia Stanwyck)

Whistlers

(Contributor: Cynthia Stanwyck)

Fantails, and Magpie Lark

(Contributors: Sandra and Alex Monteath)

Trillers, Cuckoos and Currawong

(Contributors: Cynthia Stanwyck and Michael Dandridge)

Ravens, and Crows

(Contributors: Sandra and Alex Monteath)

Swallows, Martins, and Silver-eyes

(Contributors: Sandra and Alex Monteath)


Acknowledgement

The contributors wish to record their appreciation for the support, encouragement and assistance given by Mr Damon Lonnie, General Manager.