The Mornington Peninsula is home to hundreds of bird species. You can find them flying and wandering around the lush wetlands and vast wilderness in Victoria. If you want to spot these magnificent feathered creatures in their natural habitat, grab your binoculars and be ready to traverse the peninsula.
There are over 250 bushlands reserves around the peninsula that provide refuge for wildlife. Visit any of these bushlands, such as the Red Hill Bushland Reserve for a chance to spy a wide variety of parrots including long-billed corellas and gang-gang cockatoos. If you’re lucky, you may spot a laughing kookaburra, which is iconic for its unique sound.
You can also head down to the beaches, such as the Phillip Port Bay and Flinders, to find some seabirds, silver gulls, and Willie Wagtails. Be sure to visit Point Nepean National Park to spot the beautiful pacific gulls, Australasian Gannets, and the amazing Australian Pelicans.
If you are planning to go bird watching around the Mornington Peninsula, here is a quick guide for you to fully enjoy this experience:
1. Familiarise yourself with different kinds of bird species, especially the ones that are found within the Mornington Peninsula. A little research could actually make your experience a lot more meaningful because you will come to easily recognise each bird that comes your way.
2. Gather your equipment. Bird watching is an inexpensive activity because all you need is a pair of binoculars. You don’t really need to spend much on a really good quality pair, especially if you are just doing it for leisure. Don’t forget to bring your camera (or mobile) as well and take lots of photos. Just make sure that you avoid using the flash so you don’t scare the birds.
3. Wear clothes with colours that blend in with nature such as green, brown, and khaki. Avoid wearing loud colours as this may scare the birds away. Don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen and wear a hat when the sun is out.
4. Early morning is always a great time for bird watching so be sure to get up early. You know the old saying: “early bird catches the… great photo of the bird!” LOL
5. When you’re out in the bushland looking for birds, learn how to listen. Pay close attention to bird song. You’ll get to know each bird’s call and get an idea of where to locate them.
6. Respect the environment and always be mindful. Do not throw your garbage anywhere and avoid making loud noises that may disturb the animals living in the area.
7. Lastly, respect the birds. Do not hurt them in anyway, maintain a respectable distance, and never, ever try to catch them. If you see an injured animal – contact the local wildlife rescue service for assistance.