Waterbirds and migratory waders of Sydney Olympic Park

Waterbirds and migratory waders of Sydney Olympic Park

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is one of the best places to see waders and waterbirds in the Greater Sydney environs. At the Waterbird Refuge pond artificial islands have been set up to provide additional habitat for a breeding colony of Black-winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus).

In summer months migratory species make their home at this pond before returning to their northern breeding grounds in March and April. Bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica) and Sharp-tailed sandpipers (Calidris acuminata) can often be seen feeding in the shallows.

Sharp-tailed sandpiper
Bar-tailed godwits

Other species often seen at the Waterbird Refuge pond are: Red-kneed dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus), Black-fronted dotterel (Elseyornis melanops), (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae), Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), (Egretta novaehollandiae), Great egret (Ardea alba), Chestnut teal (Anas castanea), Grey teal (Anas gracilis), Pacific black duck (Anas superciliosa), Hardhead (Aythya australis), Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa), Eurasian coot (Fulica atra), (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Australasian grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), Black swan (Cygnus atratus) and Welcome swallow (Hirundo neoxena).

Great egret
Red-necked avocet
Silver gull female and young

The bird hide at the pond is a surprisingly good spot for Superb fairy-wrens (). These colourful little birds like to land on the bushes right in front of the hide.

Superb fairy-wren
Superb fairy-wren
Superb fairy-wren female

Other birds that can be found at Olympic park include , Red-browed finch, Australian raven, Turtle dove, Yellow thornbill and other common paseriformes.

Hot summer days bring out a variety of skinks that can be seen sunning themselves on the sides of the road. (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides) is perhaps the most impressive member of the skink family in the park.

Eastern bluetongue

 

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Margarita Steinhardt

Margarita Steinhardt is a wildlife ecologist by training but more of a naturalist by inclination. She has graduated with Master of Wildlife Conservation degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and is currently based in Australia. Margarita has been photographing wildlife for a number of years, throughout her work and travels in Thailand, India, Africa, and Russia, as well as Australia. What drives Margarita is the excitement of a new destination and new species to be found and photographed there.

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