Birds, boats and blooms: Signs of spring spotted on lockdown walks

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Spring is officially still a few days away, but many parts of the country are getting a head start with trees and gardens already bursting into bloom.

Even though exercise is limited for those in lockdown, many readers have responded to a call for images and reflections on what they’ve noticed during their daily explorations of their five-kilometre bubbles.

A composite of images shared by readers.Credit:Jamie Brown

There was a strong response to our call to readers for photos of their favourite sights. Below are some of the contributions we were sent.

We hope you enjoy these as much as we have.


My two favourite places on my daily walk/run – both by the Maribyrnong River. One overlooking the old munitions factory in Maribyrnong as well as Melbourne city.

Truly love where I live and grateful to be able to explore it more at this time.Credit:Beth

By the Maribyrnong River. Credit:Beth

Truly love where I live and grateful to be able to explore it more at this time. – Beth


Yesterday’s sunrise on my morning paddle off Cronulla.Credit:Mark

Yesterday’s sunrise on my morning paddle off Cronulla. – Mark


I live out in regional Victoria and I am so lucky and grateful to have views like these on my walk up and down my road.Credit:Cassie

I live out in regional Victoria and I am so lucky and grateful to have views like these on my walk up and down my road. – Cassie


A display of freebies.Credit:Aga

A display of freebies, including lemons and a QR code humour. The riddle was “what did the fish say when it swam into the wall?” – Aga


My two hours outside are spent feeding and caring for my horse … it’s my daily therapy.Credit:Barbara

My two hours outside are spent feeding and caring for my horse … it’s my daily therapy. – Barbara



Thousands of daffodils at Fitzroy Gardens. Credit:Jennifer

Melburnians walk past the daffodils at Fitzroy Gardens on Monday.Credit:Scott McNaughton

Fitzroy Gardens- thousands of daffodils – Jennifer


Kayaking on the Maribyrnong. Credit:M

It took six lockdowns, but I finally managed to get out kayaking on the Maribyrnong in the sun! – M


At this time of the year the magnolias are a definite highlight whilst out doing our 10,000 steps.Credit:Rob

At this time of the year the magnolias are a definite highlight whilst out doing our 10,000 steps. – Rodney


Seeing my favourite duck at the lake on my walk.Credit:Emily

Seeing my favourite duck at the lake on my walk. – Emily


This is within five kilometres.Credit:Polly

This is within my five kilometres – Polly


I noticed on my backpacking training walk (I am an optimist) that red deer bulls have an amazingly loud and deep roar when my dog ran across one.

Jazz ran very fast back to its owner, eyes popping then looked back into the gully.

I was wondering: what the f— was that. My whole body felt the noise.

I found out through a little investigation what it was, as I didn’t see it, you learn something new every day!

Even in lockdown. – David


Spring sun between the clouds.Credit:Anshi

Spring sun between the clouds – Anshi


This sign – along the river near Scienceworks in Spotswood – never fails to make me laugh.Credit:Erin

This sign – along the river near Scienceworks in Spotswood – never fails to make me laugh! – Erin


Lots of baby birds in 5km.Credit:Emmma

Lots of baby birds in 5km! – Emma


Swooped by a magpie for the first time this year, Spring is definitely coming! – Matt


A gorgeous find on our walk after dinner a couple of nights ago.Credit:Dorothy

A gorgeous find on our walk after dinner a couple of nights ago. – Julie

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