We also liked this high rise housing for ibises at Herdsman Lake in Perth.
We also went for a walk at Herdsman Lake recently and saw lots of waterbirds. There were plenty of Blue-billed Ducks (above). Only the males have the pretty blue bill, and it is brighter blue in the breeding season. The females have boring brown bills.
There were also lots of Purple Swamphens, generally ferreting around among the reeds and keeping a watchful eye on us.
Recently we went for a walk around Lake Claremont in the western suburbs of Perth. After the winter rains, there is plenty of water in the lake – and plenty of water birds as well. We saw lots of Pink-eared Ducks like the one above, and Eurasian Coots including this one sitting on the nest. You don’t have to go bush to see some interesting birds.
Yesterday’s Stuart tank isn’t the only piece of military surplus hardware that was used for farming in Western Australia after World War 2. We saw this Valantine tank in Latham, near Wubin in the Wheat belt. It was also used for land clearing, weighs 16 tonne, and was powered by a 165 horsepower GM engine.
It’s not just roads and statues that have turned purple in Fremantle. To celebrate the fact that the Fremantle Dockers will be competing in tomorrow’s Australian Football League Grand Final, you can buy delicacies like purple cupcakes in Fremantle Markets. Even this Mini Moke in a display near the town hall was flying the flag.
You can’t miss the fact that Fremantle is gripped by footie fever at pesent. The local football team, the Fremantle Dockers, will be competing in tomorrow’s grand final for the first time ever.
The team colour is purple, so the brick median strip on the Cappuccino Strip has been painted purple. And there is no doubt about which team former Prime Minister John Curtin (below) is supporting. Well, he was the member for Fremantle after all.
They used some unusual tractors on West Australian farms after World War 2. This one is actually a 1942 Stuart tank that was used for land clearing in Nukarni – rather like the biblical idea of beating swords into plowshares. You can see it in the Heritage Machinery and Army Museum in Nungarin, north of Merredin.