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Brentwood Park

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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 30th 2019
Walk your dog or watch the birds
This reserve can also be accessed from Lincoln Road, but there is an off-street car park at the Mandowie entrance, making that a safer option.

park sign
Our location.

The park is mostly an open grass area acting as a retaining basin in times of heavy rain. The main path through the centre of the park is flat and level and wheelchairs would have no difficulty traversing it, but there is not much to see from the main path.

retaining basin
The grassy retaining basin.

A small playground and picnic table are adjacent to the off street car park and there is a water drinking fountain along the main path. There are no other facilities.

Play ground
The small playground.

It is more interesting at the Lincoln Road end, where there are a few trees and a landscaped area with lots of flora.

park
The entrance from Lincoln Road showing the wide path and landscaped area.


plant
One of the specimens in the landscaped area.


Yellow bush
Another planted specimen.

Like most suburban parks, it is popular for local residents to take their dogs for exercise as it is a council designated off-leash area.

Walker & dog
It's an off-leash dog area.

The high side of the park could be described as open woodland with many mature gum trees.

Sparse trees
Park of the open woodland area.


open woodland
More open woodland.

It is here that presents the best opportunity to see birds. On my first visit, a lone kookaburra was the only bird I saw.

kookaburra
Sitting kookaburra.

My second visit was an avian extravaganza. A common magpie was alternating between tree and ground.

magpie
Magpies are always around.

A single corella was noticed ground feeding and seemed happy to pose for me.

corella
A real poser.

Moving further into the wooded area the sight of about ten corellas ground feeding greeted me. Before I could point my camera at them, they rose en masse and screeched their way to nearby trees.

three corellas
Three birds are never a crowd.


Tree full of corellas.
A tree full of corellas.

They continued their screeching and were joined by two rainbow lorikeets who also joined in the screeching contest.

rainbow lorikeets
Part of the avian ensemble.

Some wattlebirds then joined in. I must say there was no harmonising between them as it created quite an out of tune racket, but it was a joy to be there.

Wattle bird
Wattle bird.

Quietness soon returned as the birds departed their respective perches and I departed in the knowledge of having some nice photos.

The birds would be the main attraction to visit Brentwood Park unless your dog wants some exercise.

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Why? Opportunity to see many birds.
Where: Mandownie Crescent, Croydon. Melways map: 51. D.1.
Cost: free
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I'm an avid birdwatcher and have learned it is amazing how many different species of birds visit an area and how advantageous it can be to go there time and again.
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