Bird Watching

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More than 200 native bird species have been recorded at Sydney Olympic Park, making it an excellent choice for bird watching opportunities without leaving the city.

The size of the Park and its diverse habitats support migratory, nomadic and resident birds of all colours, sizes and shapes. Shrubby areas provide habitat for small woodland birds, such as the Superb Fairy-wren, Double-barred Finch, Spotted Pardalote, Grey Fantail and Red-browed Finch. The riverside walkway is a good place to spot White-bellied Sea-Eagles; or scan the skies over grassy areas for birds of prey such as the Black-shouldered Kite and Nankeen Kestrel.

Well known as a destination for bird watching, the Park offers species at the edge of their geographical range such as the Red-rumped Parrot and Mangrove Gerygone and species that are declining in urban areas including Finches, Shy Crakes, Rails and Thornbills.

Enjoy a walk around wetland hotspots such as the Waterbird Refuge and Lake Belvedere to enjoy both resident and migratory waterbirds. The estuarine Waterbird Refuge plays host to Red-necked Avocet, Black-winged Stilts and many species of duck whereas the freshwater Lake Belvedere is home to a breeding colony of cormorants and Darters.

A list of all bird species recorded at Sydney Olympic Park between 2000 and 2014 can be downloaded here.

Remember that feeding of wildlife in Sydney Olympic Park is not permitted as feeding changes bird behaviour, can make animals ill and encourages aggressive species.

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