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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 August 9th 2020
Your face may be masked, but your enjoyment won't be
lake sign
Our lucky spot.

During the COVID 19 lockdown, our exercise options are restricted to an exercise location within five kilometres of home. Those of us who live within five kilometres of Lilydale should feel most fortunate that they have access to Lillydale Lake.

Lillydale Lake has a wide, level 2.75 km. path circumnavigating the lake, making easy travel for the jogger, walker, dog walker, pram pusher, wheelchair-bound and cyclist.

My walk was on a sunny winter afternoon and I was not alone. I would estimate that over a hundred people were taking in their daily exercise in this beautiful location.

It can be very busy.

Because of the length of the circuit and the wide paths, social distancing was no problem. It had been many months since I have walked in this location and a lot has changed. Many lights have been installed around the lake, extending the hours of safe usage.

One of the many lights around the lake.

Another improvement are several shelters, offering undercover seating to have a rest and enjoy the views across the water.

One of the newly erected shelters and seats.

view across lake
A beautiful outlook.

While the humans are itinerant visitors to the lake, many birds call it home. On one circuit, you could see over ten different species of avian life. Ducks would be the most numerous. Black ducks are the main breed, but several other species are often sighted.

black duck
One of the resident black ducks.

Invariably on the lake edge are Swamphens which only seem to take to the water or nearby reeds when us humans approach. Coots are often seen around the Swamphens.

swamp hen
Swamphen among the reeds.

Another coot.

The lake path is very popular with family groups and mothers pushing their charges while enjoying the sunshine and the ambience of the area.

Two pushers.

Older children find it is a good area to hone their cycling skills under the watchful eye of their parents.

children on bikes
Honing their cycling skills.

Children on foot are often intrigued by being able to get close views of many birds. Cormorants and Darters are often standing on lake's edge, on the rocks drying their outstretched wings.

Cormorant drying wings
Cormorant drying wings.

cormorant swimming.
Cormorant swimming.

darter drying wings
Darter drying wings

An unusual visitor during my walk was a white-faced Heron. They are not a rare bird, but it was the first time I had seen one at the lake.

White faced heron
White faced heron.

White faced heron
Found something.

Only a few joggers were seen with most people content for an easy stroll.

Jogging exercise.

Almost outnumbering the people were dogs of all shapes and sizes walking with their owners. There is an off-leash area at one end of the lake for doggies who want a workout.

Walkers with dog.
Walkers with dogs.

There are always non-water birds about. Apart from the ever-present Magpies, a couple of Magpie-larks were seen with one perching nicely on a bare branch.

Perching Mudlark.

Crows are often seen at the lake, usually just sitting in a tree watching, or on the ground searching for food scraps.

crow on tree
Watching crow.

An evil eye.

Noisy Miners are always around looking for food.

noisy miner
Noisy miner.

We may be in the middle of a pandemic, but a promenade around Lillydale Lake will take your mind off it as you breathe in fresh air, be it through a mask, and enjoy the scenery on, in and across the lake.
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