That clamorous reed warbler With the protracted breeding song Passages of enamouring power Designed to bring along A partner for the season With whom to court and spark To share nesting in long reeds At the edges of the lake
I do not know the words Of this loud and spirited song Launched from this small bird’s throat Into the gathered avian throng In the early morning, at the end of each long day Persistent and single minded Seeking a mate to hold in sway But the message is clear and proud I am the one for you Come to me my darling Let’s see what two can do
4km wide Reedy Lake Rd has four approx. 1-2km access tracks into the lake
GPS coordinates & map
Grading (using the Parks Vic Track and Trail Grading Manual):
No common walking trails were found. The tracks to and around the lake are 4WD and dirt bike, heavily rutted and boggy when wet. Many peripheral tracks are being created. Controlled access along engineered dirt roads would improve this situation.
Water activities when water is present
Highly significant Aboriginal cultural place
Significant birdwatching site
Diverse ecological vegetation classes within Reserve (flora)
Snakes, tree and limb falls, slippery surfaces, getting bogged, dumped rubbish, uncontrolled camping, uncontrolled tracks and trails
Take your rubbish with you
No potable water
Trailhead sign & Informational Signs
Only a one board naming sign seen
Directional signs / bollards or trail markers
At the present time, this location appears to be dominated by 4WD and dirt bikes. Tracks were impassable by other means. Dry weather would change this. No established trails for non-mechanised use were evident. Litter and dumping of rubbish was evident. Reports mention an uncontrolled camping site. This was not seen. One concrete grated wood bbq was found near one entry point. However, it did not appear to have been used and evidence of other open fires nearby suggested camping occurs in this location at random. Reedy Lake can be enjoyed by a diverse range of recreational users, particularly when water is present in the lake. However, it is also subject to abuse. Ideally, this would be corrected by planning for improvements in multi-purpose access and oversight by Parks Vic.
Photographed at the edge of the Tableland in a stand of flowering manna gums, this acrobatic female white-naped honeyeater was one of dozens foraging for nectar. Nowhere near as colouful as her male counterpart, she was just as noisy with her husky throated sqwawk and musical whistle. When her beak wasn’t deeply inserted into one of the thousands of bright yellow sprays of bloom it was furtively seeking insects.