We are happy to announce that we have welcomed five new babies to our Centennial Parklands family – five little fuzzy cygnets that is – to the black-swan family that live on Kippax Lake in Moore Park.
On the 3 April 2018, five fuzzy babies were born on the nesting pontoon on the middle of the Lake, which was repaired last year. This great idea, created by our Environmental Officer, Amara Glynn, has not only has helped the black swans, but other birds breed more successfully without the threat of flooding or dogs visiting the area.
About black swans
The Black Swan is a favourite waterbird amongst visitors to Centennial Park and Moore Park. The native species is the world’s only black swan, and the magnificent colour is contrasted by its iconic bright red beak.
Black swans feed on underwater vegetation and use their long necks to reach deeper. However, at a young age they rely heavily on the guidance of their parents, which is why you can expect to see the new five bundles of fuzz sticking close to their parents.
Swan breeding happens from April to October, after a good rain. A clutch of around five to six eggs are incubated for 40 days before they hatch. Nests can be found in shallow water and islands and are made up of reeds. The nesting pontoon on Kippax Lake, which was repaired in late last year, has created the ideal nesting habitat once again in the Parklands.
Help protect our cygnets
These new arrivals can be very vulnerable at a young age, so want to help protect the cygnets there is lots you can do:
- Keep all dogs on a leash, particularly if you walk within 10 metres of the Lake.
- Place all rubbish in the bin. If it washes up into the lake it can become a choking hazard.
- Don’t feed them bread! Despite a historical tradition of feeding the ducks at the park, bread is actually not good for birds. Swans typically eat aquatic plants and grass, and cygnets require a varied diet with plenty of natural plants and insect proteins. Feeding them bread can make them lazy, lead to malnutrition and spread disease.
- Read more about how you can keep our wildlife wild here.
The five new cygnets are very cute, but be careful not to get too close! Adult Black Swans can be very protective on their young.