Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Lake Leschenaultia walkabout..

 

With the threat of a storm in the afternoon we set off early for a walk around Lake Leschenaultia It is such a pretty lake and surrounding bushland, it was quiet on Monday morning, not exactly picnic weather but a super popular spot in the warmer months. A man-made lake constructed c1897 for the WA Government Railways 'it is the largest reservoir constructed on the Eastern Railway line and supplied water to steam trains for almost 50 years'. I imagine this peaceful scene looked very different 120 years ago, would have enjoyed seeing all that puff and steam of the trains back then :)

...and then this happened! Rushing past almost within touching distance the purple swamphen, check out those incredible feet, brought to mind 'I'm I'm late for a very important date, no time to say hello, goodbye, I'm late I'm late, I'm late.' It could have been ducking for cover from the incoming rain, we only just made it back to the car ourselves :) Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


25 comments:

  1. A beautiful, peaceful area. The bird is quite unusual to my eyes.

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  2. ...those tree trunks are Mother Nature’s art work.

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  3. Wow,a reportage like National geographic's ones,and the Bird remembers Alice in Wonderland:) ew

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  4. So peaceful in winter! The Swamphen was probably surprised to see any humans there. He/she has great feet!

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  5. How I love that gnarled tree trunk. And of course, the coot is reminiscent of what I see on the farm dam here in South Africa. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images, Grace. Stay safe. Jo

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  6. That looks like a perfect place for a walk, weather and all. Love that busy little hen you crossed paths with.

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  7. Grace, thank you for allowing us to join you on your walk. around the lake. The Swamphen is am amazing looking bird.

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  8. Pretty, though almost unpronounceable. The stream is good.

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  9. A beautiful place and I like the moody sky.

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  10. Interesting bird. I would worry about gators and such.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  11. That bird looks exactly like our Pukeko, they are classed as pests here.

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  12. Your Swamphen must be related to our Moorhens; they have similar feet which always seem to be full-sized even when the chick has only recently hatched from the egg. That looks a mighty fine place for a wander.

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  13. Its a pretty place shame about the weather. Don't they have big feet?

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  14. Ingo said he saw the trains with puff and steam coming into my hometown (he went to school there). I´m near to 8 years younger and when I was able to walk there they were replaced by "modern" trains - but here in Braunschweig we have such an old steamer on display at the train station (well, where else, huh ��).

    Wow on that tree stump!
    And huhhh on those feet. Scary - and they eat frogs?! Mine got scared! ����

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  15. Such lovely trees. So different from ours and that water bird has indeed feet for a bird 3 times its size.

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  16. Those trees are amazing, looks like hair and the bird is so cute with his red nose!

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  17. The swamphen has got such huge feet. Beautiful photos Grace

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  18. How should I just love the historical and the natural and the appreciation aspects of what you're doing Grace! Just excellent

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  19. I'm always in for a walkabout especially yours! Great lovely and peaceful area, thanks so much.

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