Newport Lakes Park, Newport, Victoria
This 33 ha park was once a bluestone quarry and rubbish tip. It is now habitat for wildlife, the most visible being the waterbirds. Bush birds can also be heard and seen in the vegetation surrounding the lakes, particularly when the eucalypts are in flower.
The images below were taken on a BirdLife Bayside outing to Newport Lakes and the nearby Jawbone Reserve in Altona and Williamstown.
Eurasian Coot; a young bird that has not yet developed the distinctive white bill-shield. Instead of webbed feet, these birds have lobes on the sides of their three front toes.
Across the main southern lake, looking south east.
The four ducks in a row are Hardheads, which I think of as chocolate ducks. I don't eat chocolate...or ducks, but that's what they look like to me.