Rarely Seen Babies Sighted at Lake McIntyre

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

At the end of February, one of the Lake McIntyre volunteers noticed someone walking around the lake take an interest in something on the ground. She went to investigate, and to her delight she discovered five tiny turtle hatchlings, just emerged from their shells that were deposited in a hole in the bank next to the walkway. 

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Snipe Survey

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

The last Latham's Snipe survey was held Saturday 18th January, and at last we had some snipe to count! 

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December Sightings

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

What a wonderful place Lake McIntyre is! It doesn't matter what time of the year or what time of the day you visit, there is always something interesting or unique to see. We had our first ever recorded Little Pied Cormorant breeding event this season. Remarkably the Cormorants nested in the same tree as two pairs of Royal Spoonbills, and fledged one young. Here is a photo of the young Cormorant sitting in the top of the nesting tree. 

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EOY Volunteers BBQ

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

On Sunday 1st December, the Lake McIntyre Committee hosted the Volunteers End Of Year BBQ, appropriately, at Lake McIntyre. The small but hard working group of volunteers, headed up by Noel Boyle, who mange to keep the lake and it's surrounds looking so good throughout the year, were thanked by Sheila Boyle, the President of the Lake McIntyre Committee. 

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Lake Mac Breeding Events and Sightings

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

October and November provide visitors to the lake with loads of opportunities to witmess the courting behaviour of ducks, nesting Black Swans and Royal Spoonbills, as well as breeding events of more infrequent visitors such as Striated Pardalotes, who have, for the past two or three years, taken a liking to the big dead tree in the round-a-bout and successfully fledged young. This year there were two young fledged, and we were lucky enough to be able to get a quick photo. 

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Native Orchids

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

For the past few years, at the start of spring, the volunteers at the lake have been erecting a temporary fence around a patch of ground near the large viewing platform. This action is to protect a patch of native orchids which have appeared, and increased in number, to ensure that they do not get mown down when cutting the grass arouind the BBQs. 

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'Wattle' you see at Lake Mac this month?

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

The wattles around the lake are providing a glorious vista of green and gold. They are also providing great feeding places for small birds such as silvereyes and thornbills.  

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The World's Oldest Known Masked lapwing

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Latest Sightings

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Things To Look Out For

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

With the weather warming up a little it is time to start watching out for nesting activity at the lake. We have several species of waterbird breed at the lake each year. One of the more easily noticed birds that breed at this time of year is the Purple Swamphen. They will quite often make their nests in the ribbon grass quite close to the bank as this one has done. 

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