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Chirnside Park Wetlands

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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 February 7th 2019
A wetland area with abundant birdlife to appreciate
The first indication of these wetlands that non-locals see is a sign near the CFA fire station in Edwards Road which reads, "The Kimberley Reserve Wetlands Walk 800m."

The sign in Edwards road.

If you don't fancy a 800m walk to get there, turn to Melways map 37 F.3, where Anthony Drive runs past an entrance to the wetlands circuit track.

The track is wide and well maintained with the grass edges regularly mowed.

The wide path makes easy walking.

The upstream end of the wetlands could be described as drylands when I walked the circuit as no water was evident.

When we came upon a narrow section with water, a pair of dusky moorhens were seen swimming around fossicking for food.

Dusky Moorhen
One of the pair of dusky moorhens fossicking for food.

The wetlands then became true wetlands ballooning out into a series of ponds with plenty of plants around the edges offering good refuge for water birds. The ponds were joined by large diameter pipes over which a rough walkway allowed access from one side of the circuit to the other.

Wetland pond
One of the several ponds along the wetlands.

Wetland pond
Another pond showing the connecting pipes in the distance.

The end pond was a haven for bird life with a small island surrounded by shallow water giving protection from non-swimming predators.

Wetlands island
The island refuge in one of the ponds.

Noted on this oasis were the proverbial Ibis, cormorant, ducks and plovers. There was never a dull moment watching them as the Ibis came and went and the others fossicking for food.

Two Plovers
Two plovers getting their feet wet.

The only item missing in this area is a few seats where visitors could sit and watch the avian activity on this small island. On many occasions, I saw several ibises circling over the area before coming in for a perfect touchdown.

Two ibis laying claim to the area

A half hour with a pair of binoculars in this area would provide an entertaining pastime for nature lovers.

A little black cormorant on his own patch.

Two of the many ducks who call the wetlands home.

I also witnessed a mass take off by a raft of ducks flying past me in formation. I observed them through my camera lens, but I'm sure I could hear the flapping of their wings as they passed.

Flying Ducks
The ducks after a formation take-off.

These hidden wetlands can provide you with a very pleasant walk and the opportunity to observe nature at play.
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Love your photos, Neil!
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