Native Birds

Over 90 species of birds have been recorded in and around Mutton Cove.

Black winged stilts are nomadic and endemic to Australia and while they don’t breed at Mutton Cove, they feed here extensively.

Pied stilt 3.2.15

Black winged stilt

Quail breed at Mutton Cove and Red capped plovers visit to feed.

Quail and chick 3.2.15

Quail and chick 3.2.15

Red-capped Plover

Red-capped Plover

Other birds seen regularly include pelicans, ducks, chats, grebe, elegant parrots, rock parrots and dotterels.

Elegant parrot

Elegant parrot

Rock Parrot 3453-2

Rock parrot

Pelican 4119-1


Spotted Harrier 6556-2

Spotted Harrier

Sooty Oystercatcher

Sooty Oystercatcher

Some spring and summer 2015-16 sightings include:

Whistling Kite 25.8.15

Whistling Kite

Pied Oystercatcher 25.8.15

Pied Oystercatcher

Red-necked Avocet 25.8.15

Red-necked Avocet

Osprey seen 12.9.15

Osprey, 12.9.15

Seen 9.11.2015

Seen 9.11.2015


mature and juvenile Pacific Gulls 29.11.2015


Seen 19.1.2016

Sacred Kingfishers seen darting around vegetation along Port riverfront, Feb and March 2016:
Sacred Kingfisher 4441-2 v2