Changing colours

Shows autumn coloured tall spike rush (eleocharis sphacelata) in reservoir, with plovers and purple swamphens, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

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.

View of rushes, summertime, with Australian white ibis, plovers and water birds

View of rushes, summertime, with Australian white ibis, plovers and water birds

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.

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