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As well as the bright winter sun in yesterday’s blog entry, there were great reflections off the surface of Lake Monger – of Perth city centre in the distance and the lookout across the lake.

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Winter Sun

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It’s winter, but sometimes you wouldn’t guess it here in Perth. A few days back we were walking around Lake Monger, beneath blue cloudless skies. The late afternoon sun was so bright that we could hardly look in that direction.

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Keep it in the Family

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This 1939 Massey-Harris Red 25 tractor is a bit of a family heirloom. It was purchased new by the current owner’s father in 1939. The owner remembers being driven around on it when he was a kid, and has restored the much loved tractor to its former glory.

You can read more about the tractor in our article in the current June-July issue of The Old Machinery Magazine.

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Hidden Herdsman 3

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As well as all the waterbirds, you might find a few other animals at Herdsman Lake in Perth. A few days back we noticed this Bobtail Goanna (or Shingleback if you live in Eastern Australia) hiding in the grass. And on a previous visit we spotted the snake below.

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Judging from the warning signs, it might be a venomous Tiger Snake – but we didn’t get close enough to find out.

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Hidden Herdsman

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Perth’s Herdsman Lake isn’t just a big pond surrounded by grass. Some parts are like that, but there also some hidden nooks and crannies. On the north side of the lake there are these two bird hides.

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They seem like a good idea, since there are lots of waterbirds in the lake. There’s just one snag – the birds must know what the hides are for, because they keep well away from them. This is all we saw when we visited the hides a few days back. By contrast, there were heaps of birds beside the walking paths, where they can see us humans quite clearly.

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Swamp Dwellers 2

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Another common waterbird that you can see at most suburban lakes in Perth is the Dusky Moorhen. We have seen plenty of them during the past week, including at Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.

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They look superficially similar to the Purple Swamp Hens in our previous blog entry. However they are much smaller, lack the iridescent purple colour of the swamp hen, have a less dangerous looking beak, and have a yellow tip on the beak.

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