Birds Galore at Pacific Pines Central Park

Last week a relative told me that they had been regularly seeing a family of black swans at their local park, so last Sunday we went for a short drive to take a look. Little did I know that Pacific Pines Central Park is teeming with birdlife! It was a great afternoon outing and we spotted quite a number of different birds, including 3 birds we had never seen before.

pacific pines central park

This is the Black Swan family that we came to the park to see. We were told that this pair originally had 8 cygnets but now there are only 4. The family seemed very at ease in this environment, and we were able to watch them swimming around, feeding, and then preening and snoozing in the afternoon sun on the edge of the lake.

black swan and cygnets

We saw a few of these birds called a Eurasian Coot and it was interesting watching them feed as they swam around the lake.

eurasian coot

There were a number of Dusky Moorhens at the park, including this one who seems to have rebuilt a nest after a bad storm the day before.

dusky moorhen on nest

We saw this solitary Australasian Grebe.

australasian grebe

There was a single Magpielark (also known as a Peewee) feeding around the lake’s edge.

magpielark

We also saw a Willie Wagtail.

willie wagtail

Some noise high up in the gum trees drew our attention to a small flock of Long Billed Corellas. Interestingly, these birds are feral here on the Gold Coast. The numbers have built up over the years due to people releasing captive birds into the wild.

longbilled corellas sitting in a tree

And of course, there are the obligatory Pacific Black Ducks wherever there is a waterway.

pacific black ducks

We noticed quite a few Welcome Swallows at the park. They are incredible to watch as they zip around low over the water feeding on the fly. They are so fast it can be quite challenging getting a good photo of them.

welcome swallows

welcome swallows

This is one of the birds we had never seen before. It’s a Figbird. There were 3 of them perched in a tree and I was able to get a short video of one calling. This tree was close to the edge of the park by the road so apologies for the traffic noise.

figbirds in a tree

 

In the very next tree was another bird we had not seen before – a Striped Honeyeater. This little bird was oblivious to us and was completely focussed on preening. These were the best photos I could get because he moved around so much.

striped honeyeater

 

striped honeyeater

And then just a few trees away, we saw our third bird that was new to us – a Grey Fantail. We spent some time watching this little bird only to realise that as we kept walking these birds were suddenly everywhere in the trees! They are quite small and move very quickly so it was difficult to get decent photos, but I did manage to get a short video of one flitting around on a tree branch.

grey fantail

 

And as expected, we saw a White Ibis (behind the swans).

white ibis and blackswan

This elegant bird is a Great Egret, a very tall distinctive bird, easy to identify and hard to miss.

great egret

This bird is a Little Egret, much smaller than the one above and with a darker bill.

little egret

Further along, the environment changes and we came across some more common backyard birds.

This one is a male Superb Fairy Wren or commonly called Blue Wren.

blue wren

This was the only Magpie at the park and he came up to me to have his photo taken.

australian magpie

 

There were plenty of these Indian Mynas (also known as Common Mynas) at the park. We saw at least half a dozen on the ground and heard plenty more in the trees. These birds are an introduced species and are a bit of a pest.

indian mynahs

There were also quite a number of Torresian Crows, most were walking around but some were flying between the trees and cawing.

torresian crow

And we spied a pair of Wood Ducks looking for food.

wood ducks

As you can see, Pacific Pines Central Park is well worth a visit. We saw all these birds in only an hour of walking around the edge of the lake. It’s a big park and has a few playgrounds for the kids and a sporting area as well as a section of gym equipment for public use. There’s something here for the whole family. The park is easy to find, opposite the Pacific Pines High School and you can find out more about the park here.

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Birds Galore at Pacific Pines Central Park

  1. Looks a wonderful birding spot Sue, you saw quite a nice collection of waterbird and passerines. Love your pics of the Long bills, in fact all your pics are really good. You must have felt very satisfied after your visit there, if I was up that way I certainly would take a look in at Pacific Pines. Nice footage of your male Figbird calling, and your Grey Fantail moving, the trick with him is to catch him fanning his tail, many have tried, but my little guy in Oatley Park obliges quite often, but you I to be ready, though I have to add the Rufous Fantail is the most difficult:-) The Swan youngsters go through many plumage changes, more so than most birds, and you can easily tell the age by the plumage, like the Sea Eagles.

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    1. Thanks Ashley. This park is definitely worth a visit, I think it’s one of those places that gets overlooked by everyone. And I just heard today that the swans have lost another cygnet, so only 3 remain now. Apparently there are eels in the lake and they may be the culprit.

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    1. Thanks Denis. Yes, I bet those grey fantails are cheeky, it was like they were taunting us to try and get a photo while they were flitting around so fast. 🙂

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