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Esther Crescent, Mooroolbark

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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 July 1st 2022
The cat is watching you
This 1.5 km. crescent meanders from Bellara Drive to Diane Crescent. It's a well-established area with a host of things to see.

Esther Crescent.
Esther Crescent. Mt. Dandenong in distance.

An unusual sight these days is a cat. One ginger and white one was spied sitting on a brick window sill watching the world go by.

Ginger cat.
A watching cat.

Many floral delights await a walker along this street. A fuchsia bush was one of my favourite finds, followed by a beautiful yellow butterfly bush. Another yellow beauty was a tecoma yellow bells.

Fuchsia. Beauty personified.

Butterfly bush.
Butterfly bush.

Tecoma yellow bells.
Tecoma yellow bells.

Near the Diana Crescent end is Esther Park, home of the Mooroolbark Soccer Club. Apart from the main oval, there are several other ovals catering for soccer matches for all ages. On my visit, the under-eights were playing and they were loving it. Although a local resident said that on senior game days parking in the street was a problem.

Esther Park & soccer players.
Esther Park & junior soccer players.

Winter colour was plentiful in the form of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Just looking at them warmed me up a little.

Colourful flowers.
Visual winter warmers.

Bird life was very evident with nine different species seen. The most prolific were magpies and noisy miners, both a delight to watch as they fossick for food at ground level or perform acrobatic acts feeding in trees.

Magpies and noisy miners.
It's a pleasure to watch them.

Some nice examples of grevilleas were seen, both red and yellow specimens. Other natives seen were banksias, bottlebrushes and a nice display of gum nuts.


Banksias, bottlebrush & gum nuts.
Banksias, bottlebrush & gum nuts.

Many colourful daisies were popping up as were some roses and iris plants.

A nice selection of daisies.

iris flowers.
Iris. They do look nice.

A nice combination were some pig's ears, snap dragons, salvia Mexican bush sage and a single salsify.

Pigs ears, snap dragons, a salvia Mexican bush sage and a salsify.
Pigs ears, snap dragons, a salvia Mexican bush sage and a salsify.

Being an older area, I was pleased to see a lych gate and several picket fences. Many other fences were observed, both old and new.

Lych gate & picket fence.
Lych gate & picket fences.

old & new fences.
The old and the new.

Many unique garden ornaments added interest, such as two wishing wells, well past their original purpose, several tin people and other garden ornaments including an elephant who preferred a sheltered spot on a front porch.

Wishing wells.
Wishing wells.

Tin people.
Tin gardeners.

Garden ornaments.
The elephant preferred shelter.

Several crows were seen and heard. They seem to like perching on or near the top of power poles. A single mudlark was also perched up high as was a spotted pigeon on a rooftop.

Crow, mud lark and spotted pigeon.
Crow, mud lark and spotted pigeon.

Rooftops were the selected perching location for two corellas and several ibises. It was the first time I had seen an ibis on a suburban street.

Ibis and corellas on rooftops.
Ibis and corellas on rooftops.

Many walkers were about, with and without their dogs. Many cyclists were seen as was a post person on a three-wheeled cycle.

Much foot and paw traffic.

On two and three wheels.

A flash of white appeared in a tree I was walking under which manifested into a sulphur crested cockatoo, nicely displaying its crest. Another one was later seen perched upon an overhead wire before diving off.

Cockatoo in tree.
Showing its sulphur crest.

Abandoning its perch.

Many other flowers presented themselves as colourful photos. A coastal rosemary, convolvulus, a crassulaceae genus and a geranium.

Coastal rosemary, convolvulus, a crassulaceae genus and a geranium.
Coastal rosemary, convolvulus, a crassulaceae genus and a geranium.

A feeding rainbow lorikeet attracted my attention before fleeing my camera lens

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeets are never still.

A large protea bush was in various stages of flowering.

Protea bush.

A mouse atop a fence caught my eye, albeit a metal cut out as were several small birds.

Mouse and bird.
Unique garden ornaments.

Some nice garden beds were seen, some with garden lamps and bird feeders.

Nice gardens.

Garden lamps.
Nice additions to any garden.

Several houses with verandas displayed hanging baskets and three large metal butterflies adorned a front wall. Another garden had two lounge chairs who appeared to be not talking to each other.

Hanging baskets and butterflies.
Hanging baskets and butterflies and non-talking chairs.

An unusual garden ornament were three bicycle wheels joined with a chain with a more common wheel barrow nearby.

Wheel barrow and bicycle wheels.
Wheel barrow and bicycle wheels.

It's a walk with floral and avian surprises.

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Why? It's a floral and avian bonanza.
When: anytime
Where: Esther Crescent, Mooroolbark. Melway map: 37. D.9.
Cost: Free
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Great photos and information, thanks.
by don_t (score: 1|72) 41 days ago
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