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Croydon Lake, Civic Square, Croydon

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published June 14th 2021
Birds of different feathers do flock together
This lake has no name, but it is in Croydon.

Part of the lake.

It is a man-made lake, adjacent to the Croydon Library.

Looking across the lake to the library.

There is a perimeter path around the lake with a park bench and a picnic table. It is an easy level walk and very suitable for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged.

path around lake
Perimeter path and picnic table.

The main attraction of the lake is the variety and number of water birds who appear to call the lake home, and they do call as there is almost a constant sound of bird talk.

The lake.

The most numerous were dusky moorhens. They are identified by their red frontal shield and yellow tipped beak.

dusky moor hen.
Dusky moor hen.

dusky moor hens.
Sharing a secret.

During autumn and winter, their frontal shield grows duller in females and young males.

dusky moor hens.
No red frontal shields.

dusky moor hen.
Only slightly beak colouring.

Several black ducks were swimming around, at the water's edge or perched on a tree branch overhanging the water.

black duck
Black duck about to take the plunge.

black duck preening.
Black duck preening.

There is an island in the lake which would be a very safe refuge for all the lake inhabitants.

lake island
The island in the lake.

Most of the lake is surrounded by vegetation, mainly bushes and shrubs. Some of them are of the floral variety. A couple of red bottlebrushes were evident.

bottle brush
Lakeside bottle brush.

bottle brush
Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.

There were several tall stalks with small exotic looking flowers to add interest to a stroll around the lake.

These are attractive up close.

I was fortunate to be there when a white Ibis arrived by air and landed on a long dead branch protruding from the island and spent several minutes pruning itself.

Having a scratch.
At one stage, it shared its perch with a couple of dusky moorhens.

Room for all.

There were also a number of swamp hens. These are quite often seen on land rather than in the water and often seem oblivious to passing humans.

swamp hen
Swamp hen.

swamp hen
Having a strut.

An unusual sight was a swamphen high up in a lakeside gum tree.

swamp hen in gum tree.
Swamp hen in gum tree.

Apart from the swamphen in a gum tree, a couple of crested pigeons were seen high up in the branches of a tree that had shred its leaves.

crested pigeons
Crested pigeons.

Many magpies were seen, both in trees and on the ground.

A passing crow was captured, photographically, but it did not stop.

flying crow
Just passing.

This small lake in suburbia would be ideal to give young children a close up experience of water birds.

swamp hen
Now, this is close.

After you have improved your education in the library, you can then improve your knowledge of nature.
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Why? It's an unique avian experience
When: anytime
Where: Civic Square Croydon. Melways map: 50. J.4.
Cost: Free
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