Our Fantastic Shore and Wetland Birds

Perth’s suburbs and ‘near metro’ offer great nature observation opportunities. Even small bushland remnants hold good birding. The information here will guide any visitor to a greater appreciation of Perth’s natural treasures.

Where to find them…

Male Hardhead Duck.

The birds illustrated below were all photographed at local Perth area wetland reserves.

Visitors to Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake can anticipate sighting a number of the species depicted here on any visit.

Visits to the following Urban Treasures will pay dividends in any season: Baigup WetlandsHerdsman Lake Regional Park, Yanchep National Park, Yellagonga Regional Park, Beeliar Regional Park wetlands and lakes, Creery Wetland.


Of these, Herdsmans Lake is particularly important, being the largest waterbird breeding/viewing site in the Perth metro.

Black Swans.

Lake Monger (see also Wikipedia information) and Lake Claremont also provide outstanding waterbird observation opportunities. At Lake Monger, the excellently rehabilitated north eastern side is a delight, and holds two viewing platforms. Note, Lake Claremont dries some summers.

Lake Monger and Herdsmans Lake hold permanent water. 

Rockingham Lakes Regional Park – these lakes mostly dry over summer, with the exception of Lake Richmond which is a perennial deep water body.

Excellent sites for shorebirds and waders include Penguin IslandWoodman Point (Wapet Groyne) and Point Walter Spit.

Interested in unusual metro bird sightings? Then go here.

Birdlife Western Australia organises weekend visits to Perth’s birding locations, including some of those noted above. Some of these events are open to the general public. Also available are a series of birding guides, some of which cover Perth’s urban locations.

The birds in the Gallery below are randomly displayed to indicate a sample of a range of birding locations that are easily accessible.  Unless indicated, the images have been contributed by John Baas, who retains copyright.

Wetland Birds Image Gallery




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