More Adelaide

 

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A happy duck! at Belair National Park, Adelaide.

Belair National Park is South Australia’s oldest, and a diverse mix of native and introduced flora, as well as cultivated and wild bush picnic spots. The lake is largely man made. Old Government House, built as a winter residence in the 1870s, is well preserved on the grounds. It seems it was a considered decision to retain the mixture of native and exotic because that is what it is.  There are 39 tennis courts, several cricket pitches and many trails.

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The lake seems well used by the fauna – below are broad-shelled river turtles, an eastern rosella, a pacific black duck and aadult male non-breeding chestnut teal.

Back in the garden where I am staying, a pair of bar-shouldered doves are very busy building a nest.

IMG_5319The next day, Saturday, as the temperature rapidly rose to the predicted 41, we had a lovely swim at Glenelg Beach followed by breakfast at the Broadway Kiosk.

 

DSC_0119Slightly disappointing, and perhaps should be a winter walk when there is more water, were the Onkaparinga Wetlands, with plenty of land but little of the wet bit.  Still they have sensitively enhanced the wetlands  by building a viaduct and train line over the top.

 

IMG_5352The Port Noarulunga jetty seemed even longer than that in Glenelg, and extended out to an extensive rock ledge.

 

Today is end of Adelaide. Head back tomorrow.

 

Michael Monaghan

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