PostHeaderIcon Australia Revisited: Part Three

Part One; Part Two.

Ballarat to Bright – 15 May 2011
Pics HERE. Duh.

Lake Wendouree – originated from a swamp once known as the “Black Swamp” – is not without rich, fascinating history.

When a Scotsman named William Cross Yuille settled near the swamp, the gold miners in the area called it Yuille’s Swamp. Perhaps not really flattered with that, W.C. Yuille asked an aborigine the name of the swamp, which she simply replied “wendaaree”, meaning “go away”.

So Wendouree it is. 😆

From supplying water to the residents and industries in Ballarat to being the centre of recreational activities in the city, the lake continues to play a significant role in the lives of the people around it.

The abundance of wildlife – mostly waterbirds – is very evident at the lake. Over 160 species of birds have been recorded here, including this family of Black Swans.

Either Black Duck, Dusky Moorhen or Coot. I’m not good at identifying these waterbirds.

Pih attempts to snap a pic of a Silver Gull gliding over us.

A highly protective mum watching over her kids 😀

Such an elegant creature, no wonder it’s so popular in Australian culture.

Approximately one hour later we proceeded to the Ballarat Wildlife Park to witness Australia’s diverse wildlife and at least understand them to some extent. After all, she offers much, much more than just kangaroos and koalas 😀

Upon entering the park after buying the tickets and a couple of bags of kangaroo food these adorable marsupials greeted us.

But before you start doing anything to them make sure you read this first. Well…just to be safe – not everyone has the best common sense 😆

Kangaroos are herbivorous, so don’t worry about losing your hands to them. But that doesn’t mean they don’t bite. Or lick.

The reptile house contains a few vicious-looking crocodiles and creepy snakes.

I’m not a fan of these reptiles, with the exception of turtles I honestly loathe all of them. Slimy, scaly skins. Yucks. They are worse than cockroaches, no doubt!

I got out to the welcoming sight of more kangaroos and their little feathered friends which fed on the scattered kangaroo food (corns, wheat, etc.). The kangaroos didn’t seem to be bothered by that 😆

Once the pigeons had enough they would return to the trees.

The koalas are a lazy lot – they spend most of their day sleeping and eating, very much like those inert sloths.

At one point we were besieged by eight of these marsupials, tailed by guileless pigeons, demanding something to be eaten..okay, I exaggerated a bit.

And we stumbled upon this fella sleeping by the pathway. Looks like he’s having a great life.

Spotted a couple of Tasmania-exclusive Tasmanian Devils, a type of highly ferocious, predatory marsupial. Having said that, I still think they are kinda cute 😆

For my camera, that’s it. Visit the park’s website for the list of animals in captivity together with the details on each of them. That is, if you are interested.

At half-past twelve we left the park and headed north-west to Bendigo before embarking on another 300km+ journey westward to the cute little town of Bright.

The last pic of the day somewhere along the road to Bright, taken at around 4.15pm:

Day Three ends here. Cheers.

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