Swan lake plea

Swan lake plea

The swans are nesting on Lismore Lake.

A few months ago they started sitting but, when the water level dropped, they abandoned the nest and left the lake for a short while. Swans depend on water weeds, especially eel grass so, when their food source disappears, they have to go elsewhere.

The last time they nested successfully was in January 2006. The two birds took turns incubating the eggs for just over five weeks so I think they still have a few weeks to go.

The water hyacinth problem should be dealt with soon. I wish the same could be said of the Indian mynahs. Fewer are being seen but I think it is because the breeding season is over and they could be meeting somewhere else to flock. Please report to Nick Stephens at Council if you see any of these birds.

Good plans are afoot for the platform, the walkway that juts out into the lake from near the signage board. A group of young people is to be employed clearing weeds, maybe removing an occasional tree and laying a safe pathway down the middle. In strategic places a few benches will be placed for bird-watchers. I walked it last week and was delighted to see at least five jacanas, some youngsters, and an Australian little grebe calmly sitting on its round platform nest.

It would be so easy to make Lismore Lake a real tourist attraction but time and a little money need to be spent sprucing the place up. Get rid of that eyesore of a shed near the swimming pool. Clean up the swimming pool in time for next season. Erect some new picnic tables and try and rectify the disaster of the island at the caravan end.

Molly Crawford

Lismore


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