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Eagle Farm Reserve

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published April 5th 2013
If you love birds, 'Duck Park' could be the place for you
Like so many great locations in Sydney, it would be easy to drive right past this reserve. Yet, if you are travelling through Campbelltown, it would be a pity not to pause here for a spell. Eagle Farm Reserve provides the best parkland within the developed residential suburb of Eagle Vale; in fact, the spot is no less than a suburban sanctuary.

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Ducks crossing

Despite conflicting accounts of the area's history, it is clear that Eagle Farm Reserve was part of a large area of agricultural land that includes the modern day suburbs of Eagle Vale, Eschol Park and Kearns.

Some sources suggest that a wealthy lady landowner was responsible for naming the site Eagle Farm.

Nowadays, however, the reserve is known affectionately as 'the Duck Pond'. It provides the best neighbourhood spot for a relaxed stroll and you will also see an abundance of birdlife.

Like any good park, the reserve has wide paths - perfect for taking young kids around on a tricycle, or accompanying them on a bike, while yourself admiring the lush greenery. Yet the highlight of the park is undoubtedly the large pond at its centre.

Jutting off into the pond is a boardwalk that lets you get closer to the many birds that spend their days on the water. Not that this is necessary, though, as there is no difficulty getting near them. The birds are friendly, and as long as you are quiet, you will find that you can get quite close.

Among the inhabitants of Eagle Farm Reserve are a group of Black swans. A regal and beautiful bird, they are protected in NSW under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

Black swans fancy exactly the type of environment provided by the Eagle Farm Reserve - fresh water and a thriving wetland habitat. They live on the algae, submerged weeds and other aquatic plants that thrive in the pond and which they gather by dipping the long necks beneath the water, often upending themselves in the process.

And if you visit in the Autumn months, you may be fortunate enough to spy adult swans closely followed by cygnets - their fluffy grey offspring.

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Unusual feeding methods

An assortment of ducks live on the reserve as well, and swamp hens and other birds also grace the surrounds. Occasionally, you may also be fortunate enough to see small parrots hopping along the grassy areas under the numerous trees that encircle the pond.

But aside from bird watching, there are other ways to spend your visit. Choose a tree under which to lay out a rug for a languid picnic, or utilise one of the covered shelters with a good view of the lake.

There are rolling fields on either side of the water that offer wide open space for flying homemade kites or passing a ball around. Meanwhile, some residents even take advantage of the freshwater pond to do a spot of fishing.

Another great aspect of the reserve is that it is located only a 5-minute stroll from the Eagle Vale Market Place shopping centre and is closer still to the Eagle Vale Central Aquatic and Fitness Centre - where you can find a gym, swimming pool and the local library.

Perhaps consider going for a swim at the aquatic centre, then grab some food from the shopping centre and retire to the reserve to enjoy your lunch in its calm setting.

Either way, next time you are in the area, stopover at Eagle Farm Reserve, and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Why? Experience nature in Campbelltown
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Where: Eagle Vale, Campbelltown
Cost: Free
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Black swans are a rare sight. Nice article.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3330 days ago
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