THE first cygnets of the season have been spotted around Lake Wendouree.
The Courier nature writer and Bird Life Ballarat member Roger Thomas said the cygnets are particularly late this year.
“This is probably the latest we’ve ever known. They usually come in August or September,” Mr Thomas said.
“I’ve had people come up and ask me where they are.”
Mr Thomas said he first noticed cygnets last Thursday.
“There’s a group of five near Pipers and a group of three near Loreto.”
He said the number of swans around the lake was about normal, but the actual figure was not yet clear.
“There possibly could be fewer cygnets this year because its so late but I’m not sure,” he said. “There are still swans sitting on eggs.”
He said people needed to be careful with their dogs around the lake, making sure they are always on a leash.
“People also need to not be too invasive towards the swans, the males are very protective of the broods and can get very aggressive and strike with their wings.”
He said the lake was an ideal habitat for swans because of the depth of the water, the aquatic plants and the nearby grass.