Yarra Bend Trip Report

To: "Tim Dolby" <>
Subject: Yarra Bend Trip Report
From: "Charles Edwin Nixon" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 14:36:11 GMT+1000
Dear Tim,
 I was intrigued to see a new birdlist for an old haunt of mine, the 
scene of my youth, especially one that included 6 species ( one, 
the Pied Butcherbird, since corrected, so really 5) that I have not 
recorded there in 45 years of ( very intermittent) observation! I'm not 
sure exactly where you went - which boathouse is the "Kew" one? -
 the one under Studley Park road? My route, starting from near 
Yarra St., takes in the Yarra on the Kew side from Dight's Falls to 
the Pipeline Bridge at Alphington, though since the recent (to me!) 
construction of that rotten Freeway I now usually stop at the 
Hairpin Bend on the Boulevard. I've never got a Peregrine, but of 
course the Little Falcons are resident breeders at the Kew Asylum. 
Nor have I found Musk Lories, though I get Swift Parrots and Little 
lorikeets and used to get Purple-crowned occasionally. My old lists 
used to record Aussie Ravens, but a few years ago I was told that 
the standard Melbourne corvid was the Little Raven. Is that not so? 
About 3 yrs. ago when I was down I was aghast to see my 1st. 
Pied Currawong at Yarra Bend, but I've not seen a Grey. The one 
that intrigues me most is the Striated Thornbill, which I don't ever 
remember seeing in Melbourne, though Browns are around the 
Yarra. To go back to the 50's(!) I saw my first Regent HE in the 
garden in Stawell St., and there were Azures at "The Rock"( near 
the foot of Yarra St.), our regular swimming hole, which we shared 
with platypodes, and the odd drifting sheep carcase.(We would 
often swim at "Sandy Beach", too, which is where the picnic area 
jetty now is, opposite the "Loonie bin", which we politically 
incorrect and unsympathetic little kids used to call it. And of 
course there was Macaulays Boatshed, at the foot of Moleworth 
St., before the new road went in, but you were supposed to pay 
Stuck in Sydney as I have been for the last quarter of a century, I 
don't get down to Melb. much, but a couple of months ago I saw a 
male red-capped robin on the Boul. between Caritas Christi and the 
road down to Kane's Bridge. And the frogmouths were at their 
usual spot right next to Kane's Bridge itself. A nasty intrusion, 
however, was a mob of Noisy miners at Sandy Beach.
        Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed your walk in a spot so dear to 
my heart, and as it is such a key flyway there is ever the prospect 
of something new and interesting turning up. You have made me 
determined to get down again soon!
        Yours nostalgically,
                Ted Nixon

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