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Owl Land Bushland Reserve

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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 March 24th 2020
It could be a powerful walk
The Owl Land Bushland Reserve is home to Australia's largest Owl, the Powerful Owl. They nest in large very old (approx. 150 years) tree hollows usually 15-40 mts above the ground and at least 50 cm deep.

Owl Land sign
The sign at Beresford Road entrance.

That's what a web-site on Owl Lands tells us. I have walked the reserve four times at various times of the year and have failed to sight any. Although a few months back, one night, I saw one sitting on the top of my front yard flag pole, which is around five kilometres from Owl Land, as the owl flies.

powerful owl
A powerful owl. Photo from Wikipedia.

The powerful Owl is a threatened species, mainly due to human encroachment into its habitat.

Walkers with dog.
The path is popular with local dog owners.

However, by looking down instead of looking up, I have been well rewarded, particularly in springtime.

wildflower bush
A tall bush.

This bushland reserve has a trail that connects the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail to Hereford Rd in Mt Evelyn. It is a wide gravel path sloping downwards from Hereford Road. Definitely a one-way wheelchair journey.

bush path
The main path, wide but steep.

Walkers with dog.
A good walk.

Along the first 100 metres or so are several colorful mosaics of birds set into the ground.

bird mosaic
One of the colourful bird mosaics.

clematis flower
One of the clematis species.

Half way along the path is a park bench, a good place for a rest if you are traversing in the uphill direction.

flowering bush
Seen from the seat.

Off the main track there is a narrow, rough, steep, and sometimes rocky path through the bush. This path meanders around the reserve and exits onto the Warburton Trail.

rough path
The narrow, rough path.

Many of these daises along the narrow path.

This is where I found most of the wildflowers, off the beaten track, so to speak. This would be a worthwhile diversion in springtime.

pincushion flower.
An Australian pincushion flower.

Perhaps the most beautiful wildflower seen was the fringe lily, quite a unique looking flower.

fringe lily
The beautiful fringe lily.

While looking for wildflowers it is worthwhile looking up in the hope of seeing some avian activity. I suggest you stop when you look up due to the narrow, rough path you are traversing.

bush path
Another section of the narrow bush path.

Bird wise, I was rewarded with a bronze wing pigeon and another species.

bronze wing pigeon
Bronze wing pigeon.

The other bird.

When you have a stroll through Owl Lands, be sure to look up high into the old eucalyptus trees and see if you can spot the Powerful Owl.

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Why? A good not too strenuous bush walk.
When: anytime
Where: Hereford Road, Mt. Evelyn. Melways map: 118. B.9.
Cost: Free
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