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.
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.
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’
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.
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.