Ashfield Flats

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A tranquil spot by the Swan River at Ashfield Flats in Western Australia.



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The dual use paths along the river at Ashfield are popular with cyclists and walkers alike

This 6Km walk takes you through the area between Sandy Beach Reserve and Claughton Reserve. Heading out westwards from Sandy Beach Reserve the walk takes you through areas of open grassland and salt marsh interspersed with stands of paperbarks and bulrushes. When you get to Claughton Reserve you will see grasslands and mature flooded gums. At the weekends it is a popular recreational area attracting walkers, cyclists, and various paddle sports.



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The Swan River by Ashfiled Flats is a popular location for canoeists and stand up paddle boarders.


The best time to visit and see wildlife is early morning midweek and take time to explore the stands of trees and scrub off of the trail. What can you expect to see? Well EBird Australia have a list of 95 different species that have been recorded in the area. Birds that are regularly seen include:

  • Pacific Black Duck
  • White-faced Heron
  • Red Wattle Bird
  • Singing Honeyeater
  • Brown Honeyeater
  • Great Egret
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Nankeen Kestrel
  • Galah
  • Australian Ringneck
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Magpie-lark
  • Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Richard’s Pipit
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Silvereye

On my visit I managed to spot 18 different species on a busy Saturday morning so I was happy with that and I’ll try and get back earlier in the morning midweek next time.


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Great egret (Ardea alba modesta) fishing at Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


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Australian Pied Cormorant,Phalacrocorax various. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


Kokoko by Paul Amyes on
Little pied cormorant, Microcarbo melanoleucos, drying out in the sun. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


Dilabot by Paul Amyes on
Magpie-lark, Grallina cyanoleuca. Ashfielde Flats, Western Australia.


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A pair of Galahs, Eolophus roseicapilla, at Ashfield Fats, Western Australia.


Dooromdorom by Paul Amyes on
Singing Honeyeater, Lichenostomus virescens virescens. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


Rufous Whistler by Paul Amyes on
A female Rufous Whistler, Pachycephala rufiventris, at Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


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Karbanga or great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo subsp. carboides) , sunning itself. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


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A male Rufous Whistler, Pachycephala rufiventris, singing. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


Djitidjiti by Paul Amyes on
Willie Wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys leucophrys, singing. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.


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Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus banksii subs samueli. Ashfield Flats, Western Australia.