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Published March 2nd 2016
A reserve that lives up to its name
This reserve located in Belgrave certainly does live up to its name, it serves as a sanctuary to many of Melbourne's native birds, you can spot birds from Rosellas to Herons, the Herons seem to strike poses when you take pictures of them.
I assumed that the reserve got its name from all the bird life, but it has a history to it. The Birds family owned the land from 1940 and used it for sheeping farming, 150 years ago the land was cleared for grazing and crop production, before this The Wurrundjeri people lived close to Birdsland.
The greatest moment during my walk was when I came across an Echidna, seeing it in the wild as opposed to seeing in the zoo is an immensely different experience, it prodded along slowly as I inched closer to get some great photos. A prized photo would be that of a Platypus, which a few people have spotted swimming in the lakes, so keep your eyes peeled!
That's definitely on my list of place to go. For the birdlovers another great spot is Jells Park. There is a bird hide there and in spring darters, ibis and cormorants make their nests in trees on an island in the lake. I could just sit and watch the chicks all day. Jells Park in general is a bird watchers paradise.