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The Fauna of Switchback Road, Chirnside Park

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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 December 21st 2022
The Fauna is Prolific
Switchback Road, Chirnside Park, runs for 1.8 km. from Victoria Road to Edward Road. It is undulating and steep in parts. The south side is residential but the north side is semi-rural.

switchback road.
The undulating Switchback Ridge.

The north semi-rural side is a most interesting walk or slow drive for young ones to spot fauna. There are no footpaths but abundant grass verges.

grassy verge
Grassy verge.

There are a few residences on acreages that are home to domesticated animals, such as dogs and horses.

dogs
Friendly? canines.


horses
Many horses.

One property always has several sheep grazing in lush pastures.

sheep grazing.
Grazing sheep.

A strange looking sheep popped up from the long grass which was a llama. Llamas are often kept among sheep to protect them and especially lambs from predators, such as foxes.

Sheep and llama.
Sheep grazing and llama looking.


llama
The llama.

Open grassed paddocks are often a mecca for corellas and galahs searching grass seeds and digging for grass bulbs. They are a delight to watch as is all wildlife going about their daily feeding habits.

Galahs & corella.
Galahs & corella feeding.


Corellas
They often feed in groups.

Along Switchback are a couple of wet areas with small ponds. Observed in these areas were several species of ducks and a sole ibis.

black ducks.
Black ducks.


Black duck & chestnut teal.
Black duck & chestnut teal.




Wood ducks.
Wood ducks.

Many land-based birds were seen. The most interesting was a noisy miner having a splash bath. I watched it for several interesting minutes as he dived into a horse drinking trough, then flew to a nearby fence and shook off excess water before repeating the process.

noisy miner
Wet noisy miner.

Only two magpies were seen as were a couple of mudlarks.

magpies
Magpies.


mudlarks.
Mudlarks.

The only perched bird seen was a swallow upon overhead wires.

Swallow.
Swallow.

There are probably hundreds around but I only saw one rabbit.


Semi-rural areas on the edge of suburbia are interesting to see as they offer a variety of wild and domesticated fauna, and kids will love the drive.

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Where: Switchback Road, Chirnside Park.
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Your Comment
What a great find Neil and as you say, a great place to show animals to the kids. By the way, that's not a black duck with the teal, it is a female chestnut teal.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10397) 45 days ago
Great photos!
by Phoebe Hackett (score: 2|354) 40 days ago
A llama? I wasn't expecting that Neil. What a huge selection of nature best on this property.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|6205) 46 days ago
That picture of llama really get me chuckle. Thanks for the giggle
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|646) 46 days ago
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