If you are an animal lover, amateur photographer or nature enthusiast, a trip to Hyde Park to go bird watching will provide a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of a technologically oversaturated world. Located a mere 2km from Perth's CBD, Hyde Park is home to more than 20 different species of feathery friends who glide across the ponds, nest in the trees and waddle on the manicured lawns.
Depending on which season you visit, the trees will be painted in different colours, all beautiful in their own right. In the winter, one has the opportunity to frame a photograph beautifully whilst birds fly between bare branches, whilst children would find delight in the spring when ducklings and cygnets are plentiful.
Birds such as cygnets and swamp hens can be spotted at the park.
Whilst bird watching, it is important that the animals are treated with respect. They are clever and gentle but the mother birds might fly at anyone who gets too close to their babies, so keep at least a few metres distance.
There are signs around the park outlining different bird species, which can provide an educational tool. Renting books from the State Library, which is a twenty-minute walk away, would be an old school approach to identifying which feathered species you can see. Alternatively, the Internet obviously holds masses of knowledge.
For those with creative inclinations, taking along paints or pencils and an art book is a meditative way to document the species spotted. Disposable film cameras are cheap and children may find it intriguing to have their pictures developed and then compiled into a scrapbook as environmental researchers have throughout history.