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Brushy 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 August 24th 2019
Brush up on your bird watching here
This large open grass park mainly follows the western side of the Brushy Creek. It can be assessed from Hughes Park, behind the cricket practise wickets, if the water level is low.

It is best accessed from Karingal Street, which is off Exeter Road. It is a no-through road with very limited parking at the end. A better option would be from Glenpark Drive.

Creek
A section of Brushy Creek.


There is a wide level gravel path following the western side of the park from Karingal Road to Glenpark Drive, very suitable for wheelchairs, but well away from Brushy Creek.

Park pathway
The wide gravel path on the western side.


To gain the most enjoyment from this park a walk along the grassy verge of the creek is necessary. After the rain, it can be very wet underfoot.

Couple walking
You don't need a dog to enjoy the park.


I have explored this park on three occasions and sighted seven different species of birds over those visits. A lone ibis was photographed forlornly gazing at the rubbish polluting its habitat.

Ibis
What have they done to my home?


Many ducks were seen on all visits, both swimming in the creek and taking wing to another location.

Duck
A duck in a reflective mood.

Several magpies were observed as was a solitary swamphen.

Swamp hen
The solitary swamphen.


Sulphur-crested cockatoos often announce their presence by their loud screeching and were observed on two visits, both individually and in flocks.

Cockatoo
A nice pose.


cockatoo
Another one.


A pair of blue wrens suddenly appeared and landed in a nearby bush. Very small and hard to photograph, but I did my best.

Wren
The tiny wren.

A kookaburra kindly landed on dead tree branch and posed nicely for a few photos.

Kookaburra
A patient kookaburra.


Most parks and reserves, even ones hemmed in by civilisation, can provide the observant walker with some nice avian experiences. Brushy Park is no exception.

It is an off-lead dog area and many dogs brought their owners for the experience. A humourous sight on one visit was an ageing whippet chasing a rabbit. The rabbit won.

Lady & dog.
Definitely off-lead


Collie
From the distance this collie looked like a charging lion.

There are quite a few trees spread around the park, but a couple of long dead ones contrasting starkly with the live ones, hopefully proving a home for birds.

Dead trees.
Contrasting with the background.

At the Glenpark Drive end of the park, the croaking of frogs could be heard in a small wetland area, but unfortunately not observed.

Frogs home
Frog's hollow.


Like most suburban parks, Brushy Park is more popular with local residents, but visitors would always be welcome.
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Where: Brushy Park, Maroondah Highway, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. C. 7.
Cost: Free
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Another great park article Neil. I'm guessing you're also a bit if a birdwatcher. It's good to see habitat provided for them throughout the cities.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6929) 20 days ago
A lovely article, Neil.
Early morning you can see grey kangaroos hopping through up near the Chirnside Park area. I've also heard like platypus live there. Do you know of anyone who has seen them? The reader below has also made a comment about this.
by hkr76 (score: 0|2) 19 days ago
A lovely article.
It is rich in birdlike and nice photos. Early morning grey kangaroos hop through there up near the Chirnside Park side. People have said platypus are in the creek. Do you know of anyone who has seen them? The writer below mentions them too.
by hkr76 (score: 0|2) 19 days ago
Thanks for writing this article, Neil. I'm very curious about this area of Brushy Creek - have you ever seen a platypus in the creek? Or has anyone else?
by trace (score: 0|2) 19 days ago
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