Dear Birding Aus folk,
The listings seem to have thinned out a bit over the holiday season, so here
are 2 inner Melbourne lists to perk up your interest.
6th January 2001 - Fairbairn / Pipemakers Parks, Maribynong River
7km NW of Melbourne's centre - S 37° 46' 45" E 144° 53' 48"
Pacific Black Duck
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Nankeen Night Heron
7th January 2001 - Napier Park, Essendon
9km NW of Melbourne's centre - S 37° 44' 35" E 144° 55' 04"
Bird of Prey. Quite small, up high, very tattered in profile (hard to believe
it was airworthy!). Likely suspect either a Brown Falcon or Collared
Napier Park is a tiny remnant of original Red Gum Woodland with extensive
natural hollows augmented by nest boxes. The City of Moonee Valley should be
congratulated for it's management of this reserve, pity they haven't culled the
Some other interesting areas of northern / western Melbourne are:
Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville
Wastelands beside the CSL laboratories / railway cutting, Parkville
Strettle Street wetlands, Merri Creek, Thornbury
Northern Memorial Park, Fawkner
Lily Street / Steeles Creek Parklands, Avondale Heights
Westgate Park, Fishermans Bend
The Melbourne Zoo, both the grounds and the excellent aviaries
So, no excuses, get out and about and wear off some Plum Pudding poundage. The
birds aren't on holidays!
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