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Kingsburgh Reserve, Lilydale

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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 3rd 2021
Sometimes like an avian circus
Kingsburgh Reserve is on Kingsburgh Lane. Its main attraction is the variety of birds that can be seen there. During several short visits, I have seen seven different avian species.

noisy miners in tree.
They are certainly noisy.

It is a grassed area with a covered picnic table and a drinking fountain as its only amenities.

Kingsburgh Reserve.
Kingsburgh Reserve.

The rear of the reserve backs onto the Lilydale Memorial Park. This area is a narrow bush area with a pathway through it and a park bench at one end.

Reserve and paths.
Reserve and paths.

Despite this relatively dense treed area, most birds seen were out in the open, fossicking for food in the abundant grass. Corellas are usually seen digging for bulbs in grassy areas and when they take flight it is a magnificent sight, particularly if they circle around instead of heading for the nearest tree. Sometimes they even like chasing magpies.

A joy to watch.

Speaking of magpies, they are always about either ground feeding or just perching on something nearby and do look nice flying between the two.

Always nice to see.

Galahs are another species that are ground feeders. On my visits to Kingsburgh Reserve, I only saw one, which quickly departed when it saw me.

Caught in flight.

On two sides of the reserve are houses and along the west side, many plants and shrubs have been planted, which will soon provide a nice ambience to the reserve. Several iris flowers and grevilleas were in flower on my visits.

iris and grevillea
Iris and grevillea.

The most prolific birds seen were noisy miners. One was fossicking in a pebbled area, while another perched on the drinking fountain.

noisy miners
They will perch anywhere.

The highlight of my visits was watching and photographing what I assumed was a family of noisy miners in a tree just above my head. There appeared to be three almost fully grown birds still depending on their parents to feed them as two others regularly arrived with food.

noisy miners in tree.
A family feast or an argument.

The reserve has a perimeter path and the occasional dog walker was observed.

Walkers with dogs.
Walkers with dogs.

Crows were about in numbers. Despite their demeanour crows are fascinating birds to watch. Often ground feeding, they also appear to like to perch on nearby overhead wires, television aerials and fences. In flight, they look magnificent with their huge wing area.

Crows are characters.

Single examples of other birds were a rainbow lorikeet perched in a gum tree and a ground-based mudlark.

Rainbow lorikeet and mud lark.
Rainbow lorikeet and mud lark.

Most parks and reserves attract birdlife and Kingsburgh Reserve is one where you can sit in a picnic shelter and watch the aerial antics of many species of birds.
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Why? It's an unique avian experience.
When: anytime
Where: Kingsburgh Reserve. Melway map: 280. C.11.
Cost: Free
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