AUSTRALIA

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

Esperance, Western Australia – Conclusion

This post marks the end of my photographic journal of Esperance and the surrounding area. I hope you have enjoyed the images of this picturesque region in Western Australia.

Twilight Beach – Esperance

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Canola Field – Esperance Region

Canola Field - Esperance Region

Stirling Range – Western Australia

Stirling Range – Western Australia

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  Esperance Stonehenge

Esperance Stonehenge

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Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grand National Park

Cape Le Grand National Park is renowned for having some of the most splendid beaches in Australia, including the perfectly white Thistle Cove.

Thistle Cove – Eastern Section

This is the sight that you will experience when you walk on to the beach from the car park at Thistle Cove in South Western Australia’s Cape Le Grand National Park.

Thistle Cove Beach

Thistle Cove – Beach Walk

The beach is made up of the whitest of white sand and small outcrops of richly coloured granite rocks.

Thistle Cove Rocks, Esperance

Thistle Cove – Western End

The western headland of Thistle Cove has a wonderful little hideaway for sun and beach lovers.Thistle Cove, Australia

Frenchman Peak – Close to Thistle Cove

Frenchman Peak is a short drive from Thistle Cove and is an excellent spot to hike and explore.

Frenchman Peak, Cape Le Grand National Park

Cape Le Grand National Park – Sunset

A panoramic view awaits you from the top of Frenchman Peak. This is an excellent spot to take in a magnificent coastal scene and glorious sunset.

Cape Le Grand Coast

The Road to Cape Le Grand National Park

Interesting temporary pans form during the wet season at the side of the road between Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park.

Road to Cape Le Grand National Park