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Birds in Queens Gardens
The original site of Queens Gardens was used by colonists for duck hunting and horse racing. However it was soon discovered that the clay deposits on the site were suitable for brick making. By the mid 1800's the site had become a brickworks where the clay was mined and then used for the production of bricks. Around the 1890's brick extraction became difficult and the pits and kilns were abandoned. In 1894 a decision was made to have the abandoned reserve developed into public gardens. The brick kilns were removed and the clay pits were transformed into the beautiful ponds you see today.  The site was renamed East Perth Park and then changed once more to Queens Gardens in honour of Queen Victoria. Today the gardens attract an abundance of bird life such as Black Swans and other local Water Birds.
Date(s): May 2011. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 49 of 49 Total. 2869 Visits.
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Entrance Gates
Queens Park, Perth, Western Australia.

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Notice on the Gate
Hope I find the Cygnets!

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Reflections in the Pond
These ponds were formerly clay pits where clay was mined for brick making.

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Palm Tree Reflection

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Dusky Moorhen in the Waterlilies

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Pied Cormorant drying in the Sun

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The Black Swan Family
Cygnus atratus.

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Four Cygnets follow the parent

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Two Cygnets go swimming

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Fluffy Cygnet at edge of pond

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Two Cygnets on the Lawn

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Watchful eye of the parent
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)is the Western Australian bird emblem.

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Going for a stroll
Black Swans are herbivores and eat mostly water plants.

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Cygnet about to go swimming
Baby swans, or cygnets, are grey.

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In the water

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Peter Pan Statue in Queens Gardens
In 1927 the Peter Pan statue was presented to the children of Western Australia by the members and friends of the Rotary Club of Perth.

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Rear of Peter Pan Statue
The statue is a replica of Sir George Frampton's famous Peter Pan statue which is located in London's Kensington Gardens in England and is one of only seven made from the original mould.

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The watchful eye of Pacific Black Duck
Anas superciliosa.

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Here come the Swans

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Swan with five Cygnets

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Circling around

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The whole Family!
One cygnet found something interesting in the water.

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Cygnet looked under the water!

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That's my Baby!

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A feather floats by!

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Three siblings

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Practising swimming strokes

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A closer view

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Four siblings

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One looks under the water again

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Black Swan comes to say 'Hello'
Cygnus atratus. Swans are the largest of the waterfowls. They have long, slender necks which are longer than their bodies. They are black except for white wing quills. The bill is broad and bright red.

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The other Swan takes a bath

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In protective mode
The swan suddenly skimmed across the water to chase an Eurasian Coot that ventured too close to the cygnets.

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All is peaceful again

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Cygnet swimming away

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Cute bundle of fluff

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Taking a bath and preening wing

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More preening while circling around

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Having a good splash!

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Swan Family in the Pond
Black Swans mate for life and reunite every year to breed. Both parents take care of raising the cygnets, which stay with their parents for some time.

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Is it time to come ashore?

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Starting to venture up the ramp

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A flurry of wings drives that Eurasian Coot away again!

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All is safe for now!

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Leaves have turned deep Red

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Colours of Autumn

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Green Berries among Red Leaves

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Most leaves have fallen

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Fallen Leaves among Petunias below

 
   
 
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