Waterbirds and migratory waders of Sydney Olympic Park

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Black-winged stilt

Sydney Olympic park 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).

Black-winged stilt

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

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), Red-necked avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae), Masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), White-faced heron (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), Silver gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae), Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus), Australasian grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), Black swan (Cygnus atratus) and Welcome swallow (Hirundo neoxena).

White-faced heron

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 (Malurus cyaneus). 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 wattlebird, Red-browed finch, Australian raven, Turtle dove, Yellow thornbill and other common paseriformes.


Red wattlebird

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

Eastern bluetongue

Margarita Steinhardt

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.

Margarita Steinhardt

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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