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

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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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Latest Happenings

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Lake McIntyre is kept looking so good by a small but dedicated group of volunteers who undertake the day to day tasks required to maintain the lake surrounds. Twice a year the Lake McIntyre Management Board hosts a BBQ where all the volunteers can get together and the board can formally thank everyone involved the upkeep of the area. The most recent BBQ was held on Sunday October 7th. The photo shows members of the Board and the volunteers. We say a great big thank you to all involved. 

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New arrivals

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

The start of spring brings new arrivals to the lake, and so far we have welcomed a clutch of 5 baby Black Duck and more recently a cygnet. We have been fortunate in having a pair of Black Swans nest at the lake each year over the past several years. This year is no exception, although there appears to be only one cygnet this year compared to 8 in years gone by. There are not too many places where you can sit quietly and watch swans build their nest and then sit for weeks on the eggs, and finally see the young emerge from under the parent and start following them around the lake. What a wonderful place out Lake McIntyre is!  

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Snake Season

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

With the weather warming up a little now that it is spring, there are lots of things happening at the lake. This is the time of year for the snakes come out of their holes and sun-bake somewhere warm. One of our local Lowland Copperhead snakes has been doing just that recently. He is a fairly large fellow and likes to sun himself on the large stump situated at the start of the walk near the main gate. Most snakes prefer to avoid contact with us and they will usually disappear if they hear us coming or detect our movements. This fellow disappears back into his hole when disturbed, but care must be taken at all times when walking anywhere in, around or near the lake. We will monitor his movements and if he becomes a threat we will relocate him. In the meantime, enjoy the walking trail around the lake, and always be aware of your suroundings and the path in front of you.  

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