Exploring the skies of Wadjemup
One of the notable sights of City of York Bay is the resident yoondoordoo / eastern osprey population. There are at least six ospreys that call the island home, with anywhere from two to six breeding pairs living on Wadjemup. This number swells to 20 during breeding season, as ospreys from all around the state come home to roost.
City of York Bay is one of the 14 nesting sites around the island. You’ll find the oprey’s home, known as a stack, built up off the ground. Made from sticks and debris, they’re carefully woven together to form high piles - which, for a bird of their size, can get surprisingly large. Some stacks have measured several metres across and more than one metre from bottom to lip.
They’re such a beautiful, graceful bird, so be sure to give them the space and distance they need to enjoy their home in peace. Disturbing the osprey by approaching them or their nest, especially during breeding season, can lead to them abandoning their nest.