Summer always seems to be a busy time for me and as a result my blog posts are few and far between. However I manged to make time to slip out to the West Perth Wetlands and I wanted to post some of the pictures of my afternoon. The water level in many of the cells has really dropped and as a result, there were plenty of shorebirds available. Among some of the most common were killdeer.
Lesser yellowlegs were also very plentiful along with a mix of other shorebirds not unusual for this time of year.
Most of the waterfowl is still in non-breeding eclipse plumage including most of the mallards and blue winged teal.
I managed to pick out three american wigeon starting to show some signs of breeding colour.
Lots of monarchs were present, a sign that migration is beginning for them.
The only other butterfly of note was a black swallowtail. I haven't seen a lot this year so it was great to spot.
Not long after I got home, I recieved a rarity email from eBird stating that wilson's phalarope and clay coloured sparrow had been seen at the lagoons that morning. I didn't see either one, but it was a great day nonetheless.