Mandurah & Environs
The Osprey Trail
- Region: Mandurah & Environs
- Length:Various 7-8kms
- Start Point:Peel Inlet
Canoeing on this trail is best done in te cooler months as tides then are at their highest rather than during holiday periods or the warmer months, when power boating is very popular. Canoeists should always be aware of and avoid powerboats and remember to keep clear of the wash created by them.
Ospreys are large raptors; the wingspan of the adult can exceed 1.5 metres. Ospreys are magnificent birds with white heads and chests, distinctive light-brown necklaces around their throat areas and dark-brown upper wings. They sit, monarch-like, and survey their realm. To see an osprey take flight from its look-out perch, skim across the water and then suddenly dive, reappearing with a fish clasped in its talons, is a dramatic and truly memorable sight.
Ospreys are monogamous and are thought to mate for life. They build large nests using sticks and seaweed and man-made materials like rope and wire. Nests are most often built in large, dead trees with a commanding view of territory and may remain in use for many years, having new materials added as the seasons come and go. Sometimes, possibly due to parasites or other contamination, the adult birds will partially dismantle a nest before rebuilding it.
There is concern that ospreys are in decline throughout Australia, due to habitat tree removal.
There are frequent sightings of ospreys along this trail end they often are seen near Channel Island. There also are frequent sightings of dolphins and watching out for them can be very rewarding.
This trail takes in the Creery Wetlands, an important refuge for both resident and migratory birds. Along with many other birds, white-fronted chats can be sen on the samphire flats.
When you explore and enjoy this trail, please respect private and public land.
Content Source: Peel Inlet Canoe Guide NO. 6, The Osprey Trail
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