Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are known as the Guardians of the Estuary or Yoondoordo in Noongar.
The Osprey is a fish eating bird of prey that is found on all continents except Antarctica, in many parts of the world they are now an endangered species (although no officially listing in WA- just known as ‘rare).
Mandurah is lucky enough to have several breeding pairs. You may see them perching on the light poles on estuary bridge or using the tall nest poles on the foreshore in Erskine.
There are four osprey nest poles in Mandurah; 2 in Erskine, 1 at Island Point Reserve Herron and 1 on the Serpentine River in Coodanup on the Frasers Foresore. They are approximately 10-15m high to allow the Osprey a good vantage point overlooking the water. They like to nest on the tallest point in the landscape.
The City of Mandurah maintains these poles, apart from one in Osprey Waters, Erskine which will be maintained by the developers until handover.
There is also a nest on top of a specially constructed platform on a telecommunications tower in Herron. That is maintained by the tower owners.
Please help protect our Ospreys by watching quietly and keeping away from the nest and roosting trees.