Sunset at Lake Colac

Lake Colac, situated in the south-west districts of Victoria, Australia, has a surface area of 2,778 hectares, with a circumference of 33 kilometres. It is a shallow lake with an average depth of about 2.5 metres. In 2009, the lake completely dried up for the first time in 173 years. With below average rain during the winter, and very low water levels, the lake is under threat as forecasts tell us we are about to begin a sustained dry period. Scientists have warned us we are about to experience a severe El Nino.

Bird Reserve, Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Bird Reserve, Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

The Gulidjan clan of Indigenous Australians have called home the area around Lake Colac for tens of thousands of year.

Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Rotunda situated on the southern bank of Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Sunset is a good time to visit the lake. It is easy to see why the Gulidjan people have a spiritual connection to Lake Colac.

Sunset at Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Sunset at Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

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Eye Contact

Over the last few days I have been reviewing my library of images.  Here are a few bird photographs that I like – the reason? I just love the look on the face of these birds when they looked me in the eye.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Galah

Galah

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

Australian Magpie

Australian Magpie

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Trees in the Mist #3

These images are the last to be processed for my project Trees in the Mist.

Tree in the Mist

Tree in the Mist

Trees in the Mist

Trees in the Mist

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Tree in the Mist #2

This is another photograph from yesterday, continuing with the Tree in the Mist project.

Tree in the Mist

Tree in the Mist

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Meredith Park

Last night at sunset I was in Meredith Park on the northern end of Lake Colac. The park is also a camping ground which is very popular with caravaners travelling around Australia. Despite only offering basic facilities it does not charge fees.

Lake Colac - looking north to south

Lake Colac – looking north to south

Meredith Park, Lake Colac

Meredith Park, Lake Colac

Sunset - taken standing at the boat ramp.

Sunset – taken standing at the boat ramp.

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Magpie-lark #2

The following photographs are of an Australian native Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca). I took these yesterday morning on a walk around the bird reserve near Lake Colac. As a young boy I knew these birds as Mudlarks or Peewees. The name Mudlark came from the fact these birds used mud to make their nests; Peewee came from their call “pee-wee” or “pee-o-wit”. These birds are now known to be related to other monarchs.

The first two images show a male Magpie-lark gathering mud to build a nest.

Magpie-lark gathering mud for a nest.

Magpie-lark gathering mud for a nest.

With its beak full of mud I then watched the bird fly to a tree-top in a private garden where the nest was under construction.

 

Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark gathering mud for nest building

Magpie-lark

This female Magpie-lark (identifiable by its white face and throat) was also seen feeding a short distance away. I don’t think it was the mate to the nest builder.

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