A tour of the dams

Finally, a free, relatively cool, afternoon to go for a paddock walk… forget the shovel (although I probably should have taken it), we were looking at dams!!!

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Now, I have to say I don’t know a lot about dams other than I can see when they are muddy, eroded, empty, full and so forth… So, it was great to have someone who knew a little more about it to tag along.

We started by just looking at one dam, with the dog in tow (although he was supposed to be ahead warning us of snakes), and ended up looking at all 9 dams (yes, that’s right, 9 – can never have too many dams, right?)

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So, what did we find? Well, we found yabby holes, we found yabby claws. In the dams where the reeds have been eaten back and the grass is not growing into the dam, you can see holes which yabbies have made… and in the grass alongside two of the dams we saw yabby claws, probably dropped their by birds.

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In the first dam, and many subsequent ones, I also spotted a tortoise or two… and was later told that someone had seen 8 in the one dam.

There were lots of reeds, and weeds, or, perhaps useful and good mulch plus some water ‘critters’…

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and other water plants growing around the dams… shall have to do my plant identification…

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There were a variety of different ducks on different dams, some nesting along the bank and a family with ducklings just sitting on the ‘beach’ of one of the dams.

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Surprisingly, although a cool day, we didn’t spot any snakes…

One of the most interesting parts, however, was the wetlands, chain of ponds area that leads into the main dam.

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The trees in the ‘tree paddock’ to the north west were also looking majestic, so a lovely afternoon all in all…

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