The trail passes between the Yarra River and Petty's Orchards. I was surprised to find a large mob of wild Eastern Grey Kangaroo lounging among the rows of apple trees.
|With the impressive scientific name Macropus giganteus Eastern Grey Kangaroo may feel they have every right to recline wherever and whenever they like!|
|iPhone shot of a wintry day in the orchard|
|"But where are the birds?"|
|"Yeah, where are the birds?"|
|"There are usually birds here somewhere."|
|"There's one over here mate!" pointed out a massive male roo gesturing towards a Magpie-lark|
And there was certainly plenty to interest a birder on this slightly grey day (see also two other posts from this same afternoon featuring Rainbow lorikeets and Australasian darter). Rosellas in particular were providing some colour...
|Eastern rosella (I suspect the male at right), also in Paddy's Orchards but taken from the Yarra Trail|
|Eastern rosella enjoying seeds from winter grasses|
|Crimson rosella. Unclear from this photo but "left-handed" is usually the case!|
|Crimson rosella developing adult plumage (will lose the green and become a magnificent crimson and blue parrot)|
Next are some images of the many Common bronzewings that I came across. I was getting frustrated as I kept inadvertently flushing these guys without seeing them first. Finally I started getting a few shots shown here. The last two are more in keeping with the adult male plumage (small thumbnails, but some nice colours here if you care to click for the larger versions).
|Noisy miner on the orchard fence|
|A young-looking Grey butcherbird|
|I don't think I've held my camera to the introduced European starling before - but my, what colour!|
Back to the river for some water birds. We have here Little black and Little pied cormorants, Wood duck and Dusky moorhen (swimming with the milk bottle).
|A large feral domestic duck-thing and a Chestnut teal|
|This bend appears to be a favoured roost for cormorants and darter.|
I have also seen Azure kingfisher here. I will be back!!
The views depict the good and not-so-good of suburban bushland. One continually comes across rubbish (particularly in the river), weeds, and erosion. On the other hand there is evidence of improvements to accessibility with good trails (including boardwalks) and areas with fresh plantings of native vegetation.
|Wombat hole at left (there were many!). Yarra River at right|
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