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Tadji 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 December 3rd 2019
If you are near, find it and take a look
This is one of many unsigned reserves in suburbia. It is in Tadji Close at the end of James Milne Drive. The first impression is a small reserve, only one housing block wide.

street sign
You have arrived.

It then opens up to a much wider area of trees and dense undergrowth, with a wide gravel path meandering around the area. It is steep in parts and would not be suitable for wheelchairs.

reserve path
The wide bush path.

Rounding a bend in the path, I was pleasantly surprised to see seventeen corellas quietly feeding in one of the few open areas in the reserve.

group of corellas
Seventeen feeding corellas.

I say quietly feeding as corellas would almost be the loudest birds around, particularly when they are flying. After a few photos, these ones noticed me and departed en-masse accompanied by their usual screaming departure.

corellas in tree
Just looking.

Their normal behaviour is then to land in nearby trees and watch the intruder. This makes good photos as white birds amongst foliage stands out, whereas darker birds tend to blend into it.

Corella feeding.
These seeds are good.

corella in tree
Just waiting.

A couple of magpies were the only other birds seen.

magpie in tree
One of the magpies.

No ground growing wildflowers were observed, with the main floral contribution being the Burgan shrub, many of which were throughout the reserve.

Burgan bush
Close up of the Burgan bush flowers

There were several areas of bracken ferns, including one large, tall and dense stand, which would house all sorts of unseen fauna.

bracken ferns
The large stand of bracken ferns.

It would make a nice short walk, with the short steep parts giving extra exercise for the local residents who know about it.

Another section of the wide path.

There are no facilities, just a quiet and peaceful short wander through the foliage.

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Where: Tadji Close, Croydon North. Melways map: 36. J. 10.
Cost: free
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