I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published October 7th 2019
Plenty of wattlebirds here
The J.W. Manson Reserve is a large area with three playing fields and a large expanse of bushland paralleling the south side of the Dandenong Creek. The main entrance is from the end of Selkirk Avenue, where there is a small car park.
A wide gum tree lined asphalt path takes you to the bush and the Dandenong Creek Trail. There is a rough narrow path winding through the middle of the bush enabling you to get close up and personal with the flora, which is mainly trees and shrubs.
A lone cormorant was sitting on a creek side tree branch, occasionally spreading its wings to dry. According to a local couple on an afternoon stroll, many other birds can be observed at different times.
An illustrated sign tells us that at dusk sugar gliders can be seen gliding from tree to tree. That would be worth looking for as being in suburbia there would no chance of getting lost in the bush at night.
As with most reserves bordering on suburbia, there were several examples of garden flowers taking hold in the bush, particularly along waterways. I spotted several nasturtiums and the ever present angled onion flowers. It was disappointing to see several blackberry bushes along the bank of the creek.