Lake Seppings Nature Reserve, Albany

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[top]Description

Lake Seppings is a fantastic place to see several endemic birds of the South-west and is, in general a good place to see many different bird species. It is a freshwater lake located just a short distance (3km) from the centre of Albany Town and is very easy to access having a boardwalk most of the way around the lake and a carpark (along Golf Links Road) but also has several tracks leading onto the surrounding path. The lake is big being 1.1 kilometres in length 400 metres in width. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded on and around the lake and quite a few different types of frogs.

[top]Getting there

Drive down Middleton Road and turn left at Golf Links Road. Drive up roughly 1 kilometre and turn left at the turnoff to Lake Seppings Carpark. From here you walk a short distance to the track which is easily visible and choose which way you want to walk. The boardwalk/path loops around the lake and is 2.7 kilometres.

[top]When to go

October - January. This is when the Musk and Blue-billed Duck's breed which is something not to be missed!

[top]Amenities

No

[top]Key species

Birds: Red-eared Firetail , Little Grassbird, Australian Reed-Warbler, Blue-billed Duck, Musk Duck, Hardhead, Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Hoary-headed Grebe, Eurasian Coot, Golden Whistler, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Rosella, Red-capped Parrot, Buff-banded Rail, Grey Fantail, White-faced Heron, White-browed Scrubwren, Black-shouldered Kite, Swamp Harrier, Australian Pelican, Welcome Swallow, Australian Shelduck, Australian Shoveler, Little Black Cormorant, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike, Australian Kookaburra, Sacred Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Other: Western Long Necked Turtle, King's Skink

[top]Notes

If you want to have a good chance of seeing the Red-eared Firetails, instead of driving up Golf Links Road to the carpark turn left at Wollaston Road and immediately to your left you will see a path which also leads to the Lake. This path is quite narrow and bordered by ferns each side which the finches seem to love. If you walk quietly and slowly along this path keeping your eyes glued to the track ahead you will have a good chance of seeing this bird feeding on the side of the path. They are hard to spot and are camouflaged well so you have to look carefully.

The viewing platform is exactly what it's name suggest and does not work as a hide which it is meant to also be. If you want a good view of the lake and to see a few waterbirds then it is great.


[top]Maps & GPS

3500′45.96″S 11754′49.6″E / 35.0127667S 117.913778E / -35.0127667; 117.9137




[top]Images

Courting Blue-billed Ducks, Lake Seppings, AlbanyCourting Blue-billed Ducks, Lake Seppings, Albany
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