Doorstep of the Bush Capital

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Subject: Doorstep of the Bush Capital
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 23:51:34 +0000

In view of the interest in this subject, and of the needs of the out of town subscriber, I took advantage of the brilliant autumn morning yesterday to prepare the below graphic.  This composite photo covers rather more than 180 degrees.  At the left is the bridge across the creek ‘shared’ by cyclists, joggers and pedestrians.  An experienced observer should recognize the nearby waterbird (actually there) even at this distance.  A magnifying glass would show you the Coral Sea monument at Russell on the horizon.  The headquarters of the local Parks administration are represented by a sample of the artwork to be found on the wall of the building.  Yesterday the ‘raptor tree’  was tenanted by yet another waterbird.  Then we see the expanse of fertile-looking silt being worked over for the purpose of billabong improvement. All this is justified if it helps to deal with the large quantity of zinc that we are told washes out of the Fyshwick precinct with the rain water.  The commercial side of Fyshwick is represented by the imposing headquarters of the Canberra Times, our famous local newspaper, that photographic detail being captured at the same time and place as the wide-scale image.  Then we come to the old levee, evidently erected to deal with flood situations, but now no longer serving that purpose.  It has been broken where the walking path goes through to join the boardwalk.  And so back to Jerrabomberra Creek where a stand of casuarinas is often used by a small flock of Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos.  Those trees are the corner of the ‘woodland section’ of JWNR.


Restraint has been exercised in including only a small number of birds found in the area, season permitting.  As sometimes happens with this sort of thing, the photographer’s shadow intrudes at the bottom.




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