Sunday, September 11, 2016

Albert Park Lake and more eel on toast

I took Truffles on a very long walk yesterday. We started out here in Docklands and ended up making one loop around the Albert Park Lake. It's only the second time I've done the walk around the Lake and I must say it's rather nice, even on a cloudy Melbourne day.

Truffles wanted to chase the coots, but I kept her on her lead (which is probably just as well because I reckon she would have chased the birds straight into the Lake).

The coots seem to be more common than the black swans at Albert Park. I saw a few little goslings. They are very cute. I guess the public are now used to the adult swans having the collars around their necks. A colleague has been doing research on them for quite a few years now. I seem to recall that the different background colour on the collars (white versus black) help distinguish male from female (cant remember which colour corresponds with which sex).

Nathan stayed with a friend at Point Cook on Friday night and got back home when I was still out with the dog so we arranged to meet at South Melbourne for coffee afterwards.

Given my positive experiences with the smoked eel a couple of weeks ago, I decided to head off to the Vic markets in the afternoon to buy another. This time the shop keeper wrapped it up in some white papers so it was less awkward catching public transport back to the apartment. I'm sure no one cares but I was definitely feeling a bit self conscious last time.

Nathan, the dog and I then headed to the bakery to get some more of the delicious seeded rye bread so I can have my eel on toast for Sunday brekky (Nathan refuses to go anywhere near the eel so he's having eggs instead).

4 comments:

Andrew said...

That is a very long walk. I think it is 5km alone around the lake. I did not know the different coloured bands indicated sex. I do know the numbers of swans at the lake are self limiting. I'll say nothing about the eel.

Adaptive Radiation said...

Apparently the swans stress out a lot during the grand prix. Poor things. Eel was great ;-)

Andrew said...

I, probably others too, are concerned about the swans and other park wildlife when the GP is on.

Adaptive Radiation said...

There is scientific evidence to show that it does raise the stress hormones but I don't think it will be enough to stop the event.