The tall spike rush (eleocharis sphacelata) is changing colour with the onset of cooler days in the Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve. Above are the purple swamphens- currently numbering at seven, which is a change from the lone individual that lived here – and plovers – relatively the same in numbers.
Here are the greens of summer, in contrast.
Tall spike rush provides valuable habitat for birds such as the purple swamp hen. It has a role in keeping the water clean and is also an indicator of the health of the water.