The Birds Of Caversham Wildlife Park (cont.)

Caversham Wildlife Park

I will be publishing two posts this week as I have a backlog of photos and new adventures to share. Today is a continuation of Tuesday’s topic featuring birds of Caversham Wildlife Park. This is my third and final submission on Caversham.

Great Egret  – Breeding Plumage

The great egret is also known as the common egret, large egret or great white heron. This impressive bird is over three feet tall and has a wingspan of almost five feet. It is common throughout Australia, with the exception of the vast majority of arid areas.

The Great Egret gets spruced up during breeding season with long hair-like feathers or nuptial plumes hanging across the lower back. The bird in picture was one of a number that I came across at Caversham Park. 01b Whiteman 636

Australian Wood Duck

The Australian Wood Duck is widespread across Australia except for desert regions in the centre of the continent. It is classified as a dabbling duck, which means it feeds mainly at the surface rather than by diving.

It is not that usual to see a duck in a tree, however, wood ducks nest in tree holes above or near water.

Australian Wood Duck - Caversham Wildlife Park

Sooty Owl

Owls are some of my favourite birds as they generally have wonderful haunting calls and are always regally beautiful in looks. Caversham Wildlife Park houses a large number of different species of owl, including the Sooty Owl.

Sooty owls are strictly nocturnal and hide during the daytime in the darkest and most secluded or sheltered positions in the forest. They have a call that sounds like a piercing shriek. It lasts about two seconds and is known as the ‘bomb whistle’

Sooty Owl - Caversham Wildlife Park

Cape Barren Goose

The Cape Barren Goose is one of the World’s rarest geese. As such, viewing a number of these birds at Caversham Park was a privilege. This unique looking goose is found in small areas on the south-eastern coast of Australia, the southern coast of Western Australia and in south-eastern Victoria. Cape Barren Goose - Caversham Wildlife Park

Australian Brush Turkey

During the 1960’s the Australian brush turkey came very close to extinction. This resulted in them becoming protected. Since that time their numbers have increased dramatically and they are now a common sight on the east coast of Australia. Caversham Wildlife Park is one of the few places on the east coast where you will be able to view this ground dweller.

Australian Brush Turkey -  Caversham Wildlife Park

The Birds Of Caversham Wildlife Park

 

Caversham Wildlife Park

Caversham Wildlife Park is situated in Whiteman Park, just 30 minutes from Perth city centre. There are over two hundred different species of animal at the park and beautiful birds make up a meaningful portion of this number. The following are just a few of the stunning birds that can be seen at Caversham.

Barking Owl

The Barking Owl is a medium sized hawk-owl. The most noteworthy difference between Hawk-owls and tyto-owls is that they do not have a definite heart-shaped face. The Barking Owl is named for its remarkably dog-like barking call. it is widely distributed along the coastal strip of Australia.

Caversham Wildlife Park - Barking Owl

Eclectus Parrot

The Eclectus Parrot is fairly common in tropical rain/monsoon forests of north eastern Australia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the Indonesian Archipelago. A notable feature of this bird is the marked difference in colour between the male and the female of the species. The male has brilliant emerald green feathers that contrast with the deep red/purple plumage of the female.

Eclectus Parrot - Caversham Wildlife Park

New Holland Honeyeater

The New Holland Honeyeater is a honeyeater species found throughout the southern coastal areas of Australia. It has a slender beak and a long tongue. This combination allows the honeyeater to probe for nectar in the deep flowers of Banksias and Grevilleas.

New Holland Honeyeater - Caversham Wildlife Park

Bush Stone Curlew

The Bush Stone Curlew or Bush Thick-knee is widespread across most of Australia. However, in Western Australian and New South Wales, there has been a significant decline in numbers. This is as a result of habitat loss and predation by foxes and cats. Caversham Wildlife Park has joined forces with Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Perth Zoo to help alleviate the situation by releasing captive birds into the wild. Bush Stone Curlew - Caversham Wildlife Park

Australian Shelduck

The Australian Shelduck or Mountain duck is a most striking and beautiful waterfowl.  It is found in south western and south eastern parts of Australia. Shelducks always habit areas within reach of fresh wate

Singapore – The End Of A Magical Journey

The Magic of Singapore

This post marks the end of my journey to magical Singapore. Whilst sifting through the photographs, I realised that I had taken very few nightscapes during my trip. I decided that this, in itself, is reason to return in the not too distant future.

St Andrew’s Cathedral Interior.

St Andrew’s Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Singapore. This is reflected in the spacious interior which has towering ceilings and a fifty five metre long aisle. When entering the church look for the following:

1) The Canterbury Stone which is set in a pillar by the lectern.

2) The Coventry Cross, on the column supporting the pulpit.

3) The Coronation Carpet in the Epiphany Chapel.

These objects come from the United Kingdom and symbolise the affiliation of the Church with the Anglican Communion in England.

The church has an interesting history. For instance, in 1942, shortly before the fall of Singapore during World War II, the cathedral was used as an emergency hospital. Church services were suspended and only resumed in 1945, after the Japanese surrendered.

St Andrews Cathedral, Singapore

Singapore River

The Singapore River flows for a distance of just over three kilometres from the Central Area. It has been the nations lifeline for over a hundred and fifty years from a time when fishing was the principle activity on the island.

The river has three quays along its course. Taking a bumboat cruise from any one of these quays is a popular and relaxing tourist activity.

Singapore River

Dragonfly Sculptures, Marina Bay Gardens

The Dragonfly sculptures are the main feature at Marina Bay Gardens Dragonfly Lake. Each metal work of art has a unique child rider. Each of these sculptures is a celebration to the joys of childhood.

Dragonfly Sculptures - Marina Bay Gardens

Supertree Grove & Skywalk

The population density on the small island of Singapore is extremely high. This means that land is at a premium and every bit of free space has to be utilised efficiently. The Singapore authorities have not been deterred. They have tackled the problem head on and with practiced creativity.

First off, there has been a long term policy of  land reclamation. A massive twenty two percent in total land size has been added, by using earth obtained from quarries, the seabed, and rock purchased from other jurisdictions.

There has also been a high level of creativity. This can be seen on almost every building where it is legislated that there has to be a certain percentage of green area incorporated into the structure. This is also evident at Gardens by the Bay where the Supertrees are vertical gardens that rise twenty five to fifty metres above the ground. Over one hundred and sixty thousand plants, from tropical flowers to ferns and climbers, cover these alien like structures. Supertree Grove & Skywalk, Singapore

Cloud Forest – Gardens by the Bay

The Cloud Forest is the smaller of two conservatories at Gardens by the Bay. It covers an area of two acres and replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions of South-East Asia and South America. Inside this conservatory the main attraction is the forty two metre high ‘Cloud Mountain’ which is completely covered by epiphytes (ferns, orchids, bromeliads and more)Cloud Forest - Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay – Wood Carvings

Not only does Gardens by the Bay feature plants but there are also wonderful sculptures and intricate wood carvings. These fine works of art complement the beauty of the plant displays.

Gardens by the Bay – Wood Carvings