Birdwatching in Centennial Park

 
A Corella peeking out from behind a wing

A Corella peeking out from behind a wing

When we moved to Sydney last year I was most surprised by how integrated the city was with nature. Life in New York meant leaving the city to see nature, often driving a couple of hours to properly be in a forest. Here in Sydney, there's a lot of wildlife in general (read: brush turkeys walking down the street), but one of our favorite places to bird watch is Centennial Park near Paddington.

Centennial Park is a huge park with open spaces and a few large ponds. The most bird activity is by the ponds and it varies each time we're there. My favorite sighting were two Australian Pelicans swimming in the pond next to a large group of ducks.

Purple Swamphen, Corellas, Little Corella, Pond in Park

Purple Swamphen, Corellas, Little Corella, Pond in Park

Scattered in the trees along the fringes of the pond are often large groups of Little Corellas, although I was surprised to see a Long Billed Corella there last week. The Corellas are beautiful birds with pops of neon around their necks and bright blue patches around their eyes.

The Corella's have beautiful eyes, but I think the award for Best Eyes goes to the Hard Headed (White-Eye) Ducks at the park. They are striking, even from a distance.

Hard Headed (White Eye) Duck

Hard Headed (White Eye) Duck

Another feature of Centennial Park are the resident flying foxes. There is a large colony of hundreds that live there during the day then roam the city at night. I have to admit, I was a bit startled when I came across the flying foxes as I wasn't expecting them, but was excited to see so many up close.

If you do get a chance to do some bird watching in Centennial Park, drop a line and let us know what you saw!

Cheers,
Stephanie + Amy

 
Stephanie Chambers