National Tree Day

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

A very successful National Tree Day event was held at Lake McIntyre on Thursday 27th July. Twenty six McArthur Park Kindy children arrived to plant 13 shrubs in three locations around the lake. They were accompanied by their siblings, mums, teachers, 3 Lake Mac volunteers, and representatives from Millicent Toyota and Banner Mitre10. 

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Bird of the Month - Little Pied Cormorant

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

The Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) is readily distinguished from other cormorants by its colour and short yellow beak. They are common in a wide range of areas where there is water. They usually feed alone, but roosts in small flocks in trees close to water. They are able to hunt for crustaceans like yabbies in quite shallow water, allowing them to feed in smaller wetland areas than their larger cousins. A common site at lake McIntyre with as many as 30 occasionally congregating in the trees on the islands. The photo shows a Little Pied Cormorant in a familiar pose drying it's feathers - this needs to be done often as their feathers are not water-proof as are most diving birds. 

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Newbery Park Primary School Planting Day

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Newbery Park Primary School undertakes regular planting days at Lake McIntyre as part of their Environmental Studies Program. The latest visit was by 19 year 1 and 2 students from Room 3 on Tuesday 13th June. These students were led by Angela Jones and Kasey David with four parent helpers, and five Lake McIntyre volunteers - Noel, Gavin, Sam, Sheila and Dee. The plants were Lomandra longifolia, were propagated at the Newbery Park Primary School and were cared for by the students. 381 of these plants were planted on the day under established gum trees, in an area known as Annie's Trees. 

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Planting preparation

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

As everyone knows, before any planting can take place, there has to be a reasonable amount of preparation. This preparation is undertaken by Lake McIntyre volunteers before each school, kindergarten and/or Child Care Centre visit, which are designed to plant 100's of trees, shrubs and/or grasses. This photo shows some of the preparation work undertaken recently in readiness for a planting event by Newbery Park Primary School. The volunteers were Noel, Gavin and Sam. 

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Rare visitor

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Although there have been some previous sightings of White-necked Herons at Lake McIntyre, their arrival is a rare event. Just this month we have had sightings of two juveniles on several separate occasions. Sitting quietly in the bird hide afforded us with great views of them going about their daily business - feeding, preening and sleeping. This photo of one of them coming in to land on a branch near the water shows clearly the spots on its neck which disappear with age. 

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Autumn Reflections

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Still mornings with good light provide the best opportunities for capturing great reflections. This area is truly a photographers delight! 

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Autumn colours

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

This wonderful Pincushion Hakea (Hakea laurina) is a mass of flowers at this time of the year, providing a great feeding opportunity for honeyeaters such as this New Holland Honeyeater. A quiet walk around the lake will nearly always provide the photographer with a great photo opportunity. 

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Royal Spoonbills Nesting

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

The first recording of Royal Spoonbills nesting at Lake McIntyre occurred in January. This rare event was not publicised at the time of nesting as nesting place was in a position where the birds could have easily been disturbed. Three chicks were hatched and they all fledged in February. The photo is of the 3 young Spoonbills soon after they had emerged from the nest. We will eagerly await the next breeding season to see if the adults return to nest again.    

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Landscaping

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

In June 2016 the bank in front of Gibbs' Seat was terraced and planted to provide some stability to the bank. 

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January 2016 Bird Count

- posted by Rosey Pounsett

Members of the Lake McIntyre Management Board, together with members of the Millicent Field Naturalist Society, undertake a bird count each month at the lake. These counts give us a good record of the number and species of birds at the lake. 

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