Cockatoo lake free camp horror

After the Lucindale show we drove a short distance to a free camp on a lovely looking “fake” lake called Cockatoo Lake. When we arrived there  were only a few campers but lots of locals there for the day with ski boats. Once they went home it was a lovely and tranquil .

It should have been called Corella lake as it was mostly very noisy Corellas you could see and hear. It was also very shallow. You could walk all the way across if you could stop your thongs from being eaten by the mud. We had a chat with one of the other campers who were in a bus pulling a trailer with a tiny Suzuki 4wd inside and 2 kayaks. They had been on the road for 19 yrs. He was nearly 80! M

cockatoo lake evening
Cocktails on Cockatoo Lake
cockatoo lake sunset
Our view at Sunset on the lake
long billed corellas and moon
Long billed Corella’s fighting for a spot in the tree and making plenty of noise about it!
Australian shelduck
Shelducks
Brown Treecreeper 4
Brown treecreeper
goose and needletail
The lake was covered in water birds, ducks and this non-native goose!  Probably escaped from a nearby farm

 

Once the birds went to sleep it was very tranquil and a really beautiful spot. So, we really got a shock in the morning when shots rang out just at sunrise. They were quite close and then we saw that there was a hunter shooting ducks. I have never seen hunting and it was terrible. Just the sound alone being so close and the fact that the lake was not very big AND you could see nothing but mist in the morning which the hunters must have been using for camouflage.   Mcockatoo lake duck shooter

We packed up and got out of there even before breakfast. The lake was ruined for us.  M

4 thoughts on “Cockatoo lake free camp horror

  1. It’s impossible to rationalise with people who shoot animals for fun. I can only hope that the great white hunter bites on the pellets when he tries to eat his duck which then go on to distribute in his gut and get lodged in every possible escape channel.
    Corellas are one of he maddest birds around – great shot.

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  2. That is not a Canada goose. You’ll have to google an image but it definately not one.

    Cheers, Andrea

    On Tue, Mar 19, 2019, 5:32 PM Maddy and Steve Norman’s gap year, wrote:

    > maddyrichter posted: “After the Lucinvale show we drove a short distance > to a free camp on a lovely looking “fake” lake called Cockatoo Lake. When > we arrived there were only a few campers but lots of locals there for the > day with ski boats. Once they went home it was a lovely” >

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    1. Thanks Andrea, I will get Steve to look into it. He wasn’t even interested in the goose as they must be Australian or in his bird book to h=make the list. Maybe it is a European. Maybe we have no geese at all. Biddy

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