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Published: February 13th 2007
Get off the bus at the UniSA-Mawson Lakes bus stop. To see the images as a slide show click on the image and then use the controls at the top of the window to move through the slides.
The Lake walk is adjacent to the Mawson Lakes campus of the University of South Australia and is one that we regularly do. It only takes 30 minutes to do the 3km walk and you can see considerable numbers of birds as you go around.
How to get there ...
Mawson lakes is 17 km North of Adelaide along Main North Road.
The walk starts at the bus stop at UniSA, Mawson Lakes. Head South back along University Boulevard and across Mawson Lakes Boulevard. Go over the low foot bridge to cross the lake in front of Technology Park and then go around the lake in a clockwise direction.
What happened ...
It was a bright and sunny morning - with a temperature in the low 30s. Many light planes were over head practising landings and take-offs at the near-by Parafield Airport. We pretty much had the path to ourselves however there was a group of people with remote-operated model boats on the Southern side of the lake. There were many tiny fish in the shallows and at one point we heard a splash and saw some enormous carp!
There were plenty of birds swooping and
Start the walk by heading back down University Boulevard, past Endeavor College and the Signal Processing Unit Building
resting in the lake. My camera doesn't zoom very close but I have linked in some online images of the birds to their names.
Spotted were flocks of Little terns
and whiskered terns.
On the banks were Australian white ibis
, White-faced herons
, Australian wood ducks
, Magpie Larks
, Pacific black ducks
, Silver gulls
, Crested pigeons
, Masked lapwings (large plover)
, Swamp hens
, Eurasian coots
and Willy wagtails
In the trees we saw Galahs
, Australian Magpies
, and 3 types of Cormorants - Little pied
, Little black
. The familiar Welcome swallow
and House sparrow
were also there.
If you do see a bird in Adelaide, and you want to try and identify it - try this web site
So all in all a very enjoyable short walk - although it can get a bit windy sometimes.
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