Water, Water Everywhere


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.

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Wildflowers in Season 3

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.

Herdsman Birdsman 2

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.