As well as the hilltop walk in yesterday’s blog entry, we also walked around the lake at Manning Park.
Along the way we spotted a Nankeen Night Heron, patiently waiting for lunch to swim past (above), and a family of Pink-eared Ducks, who were rather pointedly swimming away from the camera. Just camera shy, maybe.
We went for a walk along the Davilak Trail at Manning Park, south of Fremantle, recently. After climbing up the long staircase to the hilltop, you get great views of the lake in the park. And there are wildflowers in bloom beside the winding trail along the escarpment.
We saw Parrot Bush (above) and Thick-leaved Fanflower (below).
And also this Cryptandra mutila, which was covered in masses of small creamy yellow flowers.
As well as waterbirds, there are some native wildflowers growing around Herdsman Lake – including this patch of Pink Fairy Orchids.
And occasionally you might see a venomous Tiger Snake enjoying the sunshine on the grass beside the lake.
As well as yesterday’s Black Swan cygnets, you may also spot a few Nankeen Night Herons at Herdsman Lake – even in the daytime. These herons have a distinctive appearance, but their immature offspring (below) look quite different. You could easily think they were an entirely different species.
There are usually some Yellow-billed Spoonbills wading around in the shallows too.
The big attraction at Herdsman Lake in Perth at present are the Black Swan cygnets. They are too cute to be true, whether they are tagging along with their parents, or out for a swim. It’s hard to think of them as being ugly ducklings.
We have recently been for several walks around Herdsman Lake, just 7km from Perth CBD (visible on the horizon in these photos).
There are plenty of waterbirds at the lake at present, both common birds like ibises (above) and more unusual/colourful birds like the male Australasian Shoveler below.
As well as the mock bears at Big Bear Lake, there is also a real lake. It’s a popular spot for watersports and is very picturesque, with the surrounding mountains covered in conifers. You would hardly believe that Los Angeles is just a 2 hour drive away.