Yesterday was another hot day………for me, anyway.
I’d had enough time indoors, so I set off for a walk, just after midday, covered in sun-screen on every piece of bare skin. Oh the joys of being very fair-skinned in Melbourne’s hot summer.
The route was governed solely by the number of tall shady trees.
My destination was a small lake (or pond) that is accessible and usually had a few ducks.
I’d reached the edge of the tree area.
I passed a Noisy Miner scurrying about the short grass.
No ducks in sight on the small lake/pond.
A large expanse of water, which looks like a lake, but is merely a wide section of the Maribyrnong River cut in two by a long thin outcrop of land which leads to several long thin connecting islands.
In the far distance stood a Pied Cormorant on a rock, but too far away to capture with the 150-500mm lens.
I spotted another Cormorant on a rock by the shore.
One of the few things I dislike about the area is the tall electricity pylons which pepper the banks and islands.
Then I saw a Noisy Miner on a wooden post.
It looked down and then…….
…..flew onto a flimsy tree branch swinging back and forth in the breeze.
Then a small flock of Rock Doves (or Pigeons) roaming the short grass looking for tasty morsels to snack on.
I returned to Frogs Hollow and watched the Purple Swamp hens with their teenage offspring, but was too far away to get a good shot.
I walked down the riverside asphalt walking/cycling path past Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve. It was so hot and dry in the reserve that I figured the snakes might be out and about so kept on the river side of the Nature Reserve chain-wire fence.
The Reserve sure was dry and despite the occasional bird call, not much to see.
The yellow/green area on the lower right side of the frame is actually a lake hidden by grass & water reeds.
A Spotted Turtle-Dove was visible on a tree branch.
Then back through the tree area taking a short cut around the western rim of the Nature Reserve.
Pipe makers Park lake has almost dried up at this stage of summer and I daresay I could have walked to the middle if I’d had rubber gumboots on.
The lake at Pipemakers Park is not shown on any Google maps. Note sure why as it’s larger than the other small lakes or ponds in the area.
But the trees were definitely cool.
After walking up to the ruins of the Colonial Gardens, I spotted some Autumn coloured leaves – a reminder that there would be some cooler days soon.
This short avenue of cement columns harkens back to the day of the mid to late 1800s when the area was a meat canning works and exported the newly found process of canning meat to the U.K. and beyond. Being a fan of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, I wondered whether this site had canned meat for Shackleton’s early shipping journeys?
Someone, perhaps a child, had left a Treasure Flower tucked into the broken bench seat in the ruins of the old Herb Garden.
Some more shady trees lining the asphalt walking path meandering through Pipemakers Park.
I could see 2 wrens in the deep shadow of some foliage.
I just aimed for the head of a female Splendid Fairy-Wren and scored quite a good shot despite the distance and dark shady foliage.
Then it flew to another branch and then, out of camera sight.