Now that daylight savings has started, I have decided to go for a walk almost everyday at the local wetlands. I find that walking helps to unwind from a day’s work and it feels good to get out in the fresh air. Also, it is good exercise and great for the mind and spirit, and it’s even nice to say hello to regular walkers and joggers or stop and have a chat with someone taking photos of the birds.
Here are some of the gems I have spotted on my walks at Tamar Island Wetlands.
Surprisingly, I have seen a small number of geese. These are likely domesticated escapees from people’s homes around the area. I have spotted 2 pairs but only one had these little golden cuties.
Sadly, none of the goslings have survived.
A plentiful bird at the wetlands is the black swan. I have identified 5 different families so far, all with babies of varying ages. It’s been nice to watch the little balls of fluff growing up. Here is one family.
And look at this adorable scene!
If I go walking early in the morning or late in the evening, I am usually lucky enough to see one of these lovely creatures – a pademelon!
In a previous post, I shared a photo of a Native Hen (or turbo chook) with half a dozen chicks that I came across in the car park. Sadly, there is only one chick left. Look how its grown!
Lately I have seen several Great Egrets fishing in the river. This one was fascinating to watch as it went after some food.
There was even a snake having a snooze by the boardwalk. Funnily enough, it was conveniently sleeping only 2 metres away from the snake warning sign so I knew it was a copperhead!
I was even lucky enough to see two Australasian Swamphen chicks up close. Aren’t they cute!
And finally, this is a video I took one afternoon of the 360 degree view from the end of the boardwalk at the Tamar River. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s a magnificent view and well worth the walk. 🙂
What little gems of nature do you see on your daily walks?