Well here we are on another lazy Sunday. These are a few shots of our native black swans on the main river that runs through Perth. The swans cluster about up and down the river and we happened to be out on a photo expedition when we came upon this group.
Willem de Vlamingh, a Dutch Explorer actually explored the Swan River on the Western Australian coast in 1697 but instead of claiming Australia for the Dutch, he left a large pewter plate nailed to a post to tell others he had been there.
Unfortunately for the Dutch, the “Willem woz ere!” plate was not a binding claim and so Australia remained in the hands of its native inhabitants for an extra hundred years or so. His expedition was the first group of Europeans to see black swans. At that time, Europeans refused to believe that black swans existed and were only convinced when a couple of specimens were sent to Batavia by de Vlamingh.
Hope you enjoy a lazy Sunday!
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