brisscape - oxley creek common
Just down the road from home - Pelican Island in the background. Great place to photograph birds. Oxley Creek Common is home to a remarkable variety of birds. An experienced observer can find as many as 70 species in one hour of observation during the spring – about 10% of all Australia’s bird species and several times the diversity one could find walking the suburbs. 176 species have been recorded on the Common. The abundance and variety of waterbirds is a feature of the Common. The huge Black-necked Stork (Jabiru) is not uncommon. Stilts, Australian Pelicans, cormorants, ducks, ibis and as many as four species of egret can be seen in a single visit. Pelican Lagoon provides permanent fresh water, which becomes especially valuable in dry times. Ephemeral lagoons and associated wet grass and mud are habitat to a continually hanging mix of species, while Oxley Creek itself is home to the specialized mangrove species like the Mangrove Gerygone. Unfortunately Pelican Lagoon is threatened by an aquatic weed, Salvinia, and the nearby wetlands are often overgrazed.