Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range in the state of Victoria, Australia, approximately 105 kilometres west-north-west of the state capital, Melbourne. It is the third most populous urban area in the state, with a population of 85,935.

It is the state's most populated inland settlement, and fifth most populated inland settlement in Australia. People from Ballarat are referred to as Ballaratians or Ballafornians. The City of Ballarat local government area encompasses both the Greater Ballarat urban area and outlying towns.

Lake Wendouree is an artificially-created and maintained shallow urban lake located adjacent to the suburb of the same name in the city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The name Wendouree comes from a local aboriginal word 'wendaaree' which means 'go away': a story is told that when settler William Cross Yuille asked a local indigenous woman what the name of the swamp was, that was her reply.

The lake is home to many black swans (Cygnus atratus), ducks and coots. Note the cygnets in photo 4, which are gray in colour.

This post is part of the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wild Bird Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.


  1. I've never seen a black swan. Lovely!

  2. This is a gorgeous swan and I was pleased that you have captured a couple of young ones to see how they looked. Are they that colour when born? Great shots.

  3. I love the black swans. We don't have them here.

  4. Beautiful beasts!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. Beautiful swans and landscape.

  6. Swans are so pretty and graceful swimmers. Thanks for sharing them.

  7. They just don't look real do they? They are lovely...

  8. Hope they have an extra layer of feathers this time of year to protect them from the cold.

  9. I like the story of the name. Beautiful birds. I came across a family of black swans in Wales, they must have been brought from Australia some in the past. I didn't get close enough for a photograph as the adults were quite feisty, and just a little bit scary.

  10. wow...i just saw another contestant put up black swans pic and they look much the same...Beautiful it is

  11. The Black Swans are beautiful. I wish they were seen here.. Great photos. Happy Weekend!


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