Monday, May 9, 2011

Heyfield Birdwatchers - May 2011

G’day Birdwatchers,
We were only a small group that braved the long freeway trip, inclement weather and Mother’s Day to have a look at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.

The gardens were established in 1970. They consist of 360 hectares of woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and a beautiful display garden of native plants. Urbanization surrounds the place, but like many such areas, it acts as a magnetic like refuge for wildlife. Kangaroos, Wallabies, Echidnas, Bandicoots, snakes and birds abound. The infrastructure – tracks, signs, shelters, etc – is impressive.

Two of us headed for the bush area and got rather wet on our 5km hike. Given the weather the birds were understandably quiet but we managed some views of a few favourites – Golden Whistler, Eastern Yellow Robin, Blue Wren, Cuckoo-shrike, Australasian Grebe. It was way too wet to head into the scrub to chase down any sightings. Various heaths were in flower and there were patches of orchid leaves visible from the track.

After 2 or 3 hours and becoming drenched we caught up with the others at the Australian Garden and headed for a sheltered lunch spot. Despite the Mother’s Day bit the place was not too crowded, thanks to the weather. After our chilly lunch Ian and the ladies headed for home and I decided I’d check out the display gardens after the glowing report from the girls.

Few words, just a few photos …

Superb Fairy Wren - late or early?

Dusky Woodswallow

Spotted Pardalote

White-browed Scrubwren

New Holland Honeyeater

Little Wattlebird



  1. beautiful photos, as usual, Peter

  2. I found your blog by typing in blue wren and Cranbourne, as I had seen the blue wren at the Australian garden on Saturday. I am a Kiwi and have visited Melbourne a few times recently on business but had never made it out to the gardens (I love plants but am entranced by birds too) and was very taken with the male and female wrens I saw flitting in and out of the plants. I must make time to come back with my proper camera and just soak up the bird life in your area - I just loved it. Gareth in Masterton, New Zealand