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Appletree Hill Reserve

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 8th 2019
There are no apple trees and no hills, just bush & birds
entrance to reserve.
The entrance.

Little Bungalook Creek runs through this linear reserve, which is a tributary to the Dandenong Creek.

bungalook creek
Bungalook Creek

It is an off-leash dog area, but has no formed paths and can be quite wet after rain.

dog off leash area
The dog off leash area.

The feature of this reserve, if you are not exercising your dog, is a large dam. It is in a fenced-off bush area and is home to many waterbirds. There is an access gate to the bush, near the dam, so visitors are welcome.

Looking across the dam.

The banks of the dam are also home to many mature gum trees which would offer a wind-break to the waters in the dam.

tree trunks
Some of the trees on the rim of the dam.

On my visit several ducks were swimming on the reed-surrounded far side.

two ducks
Two ducks peacefully gliding across the water.

ducks & coot.
A coot joined in.

A couple of coots were observed, frequently diving beneath the water, often surfacing with plant matter to eat.

One of the resident coots.

Other water birds seen was what I identified as a dusky moorhen. A little black cormorant was making frequent dives and surfacing several metres away from its entry point.

dusky moorhen
A dusky moorhen in the reeds.

The dam can only be accessed to water level from one place, which is steep and slippery, but it does afford a peaceful view across the dam to watch the birds at work looking for a feed.

Another view across the dam.

Other birds seen was an unidentified parrot, noisy minors, magpie and an overflying cockatoo.

Unidentified parrot.

I know this is a magpie.

The fenced bush area in which the dam is situated is very dense with only a narrow grass path through part of it. Most of it would be impenetrable, except for the most determined.

bush undergrowth
The dense undergrowth.

An unwelcome feature of many reserves only sparsely surrounded by housing is their use as a rubbish dump.

rubbish in bush
Unnecessary pollution.

Quite profuse in parts was the spiny-headed mat-rush native plant.

mat-rush plant
Spiny-headed mat-rush.

This would be a good reserve to visit to observe several species of water birds in a small area.

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Why? A peaceful look at wildlife.
Where: Watermoor Avenue, Kilsyth South. Melways map: 65 E.2.
Cost: Free
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