Flora and Fauna in
Have you seen any native animals in the
city? Some of our members have.
- I saw five owls, I think Boobook
Owls, roosting in the pine tree on the corner of Field and Royal Streets
in East Perth. It was the middle of the day (David).
- In winter, the paddock between
Trinity College and the causeway sometimes is flooded after rain and the
black swans gather there. Two years ago I saw over a hundred swans
gathered there on the grass.
- There is a pair of Osprey that hunt along the river.
I've seen them go past Point Fraser. I think they come from upriver.
- Pelicans sit on the light poles along the freeway
- I was lunching at the museum cafe,
in the outdoor courtyard, and I looked up and there was an owl in the tree
above me (Julie)
- I was walking along the river early
in the morning and I'm sure I saw a native water rat. They have a white
tip at the end of the tail. If we could just plant some more sedges and
trees along here, I'm sure they would like it (Tim)
- When I cycle home at night along
Mounts Bay Road I look for Nankeen Night Heron fishing from the river's
edge. In the breeding season the males have a long white feather at the
back of the neck that blows around in the breeze (Dudley).
- In Claisebrook channel there are
bronze sculptures of turtles. Once there was a group of people looking
at the sculpture, then I realised there was a real turtle lying on top
of one of the sculptures (Chris).
- We often see dolphins in the river
near Point Fraser (Jacqui).
Others have seen feral animals
- I've seen foxes on Mounts Bay Road,
late at night and once I saw one near the cathedral, early on a Sunday
- The 28 parrots used to nest in the
palm trees in Queens gardens but these days you are more likely to see
Rainbow Lorikeets (David).
- Some ducklings had been killed at
Point Fraser and someone said they could smell that foxes had been there
Have you seen native or feral animals
in Perth city?
us and tell us your stories.
Display cabinets in the Western Australian Museum give an idea of the
animals which used to be common in Perth (below).
A chuditch (western native cat) eyes a quokka.
A darter dries its wings at the centre of a display of
birds typical of wetlands. Many of the birds in this display in the bird
gallery can be seen at sites around the city such as at Point Fraser.
A pelican enjoys the view from the top of a light.
Dolphins in the river between Point Fraser and Heirisson
A darter Anhinga melanogaster
dries its wings in the sun. The darter has a long smooth neck which it
moves like a snake.
Black swans used to be common on Perth water.
A possum hopes to escape the attention of a feral cat on
the prowl. Display cabinet in the Mammal Gallery. Western Australian Museum,
Francis St, Perth.
In the mammal gallery a display cabinet at the WA Museum,
includes a quokka, chuditch, quenda (bandicoot), a water rat, possums and a
brush-tail phascogale. Ominously the display cabinet also includes a feral
cat which was recognised as a key predator leading to the
disappearance of some of these animals when this display was created.
See these animals in their natural habitat at
Karakamia Sanctuary near Chidlow.