What bird is that?

Birds of the Leighton Peninsula is a new guide to the birds seen in Cottesloe, Mosman Park and Peppermint Grove. Cottesloe Coastcare worked with Birds Australia to produce the guide which describes and illustrates more than 45 different birds seen in our suburbs.

The guide is available free from the Grove Library as well as the council offices of Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park.

Birds of the coast and ocean are covered as well as those found on the Swan River and its foreshore and in suburban backyards. A list of native plants that provide shelter and food for local birds is included as well as other hints on attracting birds to parks and gardens.

Some of the birds in the guide include:

Great Cormorant – the largest of the cormorants. It is wholly blackish with yellow throat patch and facial skin. They hunt in flocks. This beautifully detailed illustration is by local artist Pam Free.
Red-capped Parrot. Occasionally seen quietly feeding in trees or on the ground. They have a bill for extracting seeds from gum nuts.
Nankeen Kestrel is often seen hovering over dunes in search of insects, reptiles and small mammals.