Friday, 2 March 2012


FA Andrews Reserve is located in the westernmost tip of the Yarra Bend Park, which is a 260 hectare (642 acre) park in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Located 4 km northeast of Melbourne's CBD, it is the largest area of natural bushland left in inner Melbourne. The most notable feature of the park is the Yarra River which flows for 12 km through it. The park hosts two golf courses, two historic boathouses, sheds and a number of cycle and walking trails. It receives approximately 1.5 million visitors per year.

There are a number of shared use tracks for cyclists and pedestrians. The Capital City Trail and Yarra River Trail both pass through the park. Organised bushwalking and birdwatching tours are available and there is even a tour to the Flying Fox colony. Some areas of the park are designated Dog Exclusion zones but dogs can be walked in On Lead and Off Lead zones. Canoes and boats can be hired from the Studley Park Boathouse. Fishing is possible in the rivers.

The park is home to many species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and fish, including Rainbow Lorikeets, Red-rumped Parrots and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, Water Rats and Brush-tail and Ringtail Possums.  Yarra Bend Park is also home to a colony of Grey-headed Flying Foxes. The colony took up residence in the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1986. The population varied in size from 6000 to 20,000. Because of the damage the flying foxes were causing to trees, the colony was relocated to Yarra Bend Park in 2003.

As we enter into the autumn season here in Southern Hemisphere, we are seeing cooler temperatures, more rains and the beginning of the autumn colouring in the deciduous trees.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme.

The Yarra River as it winds through Kew (left - East) and Abbotsford (right - West)
Deciduous trees are mainly exotics in Australia, and these were widely planted int he 19th century in the nation's growing cities
Beautiful old oak trees are found in this part of the park
A Californian Peppercorn Tree (Schinus areira) officially classified as an invasive "weed" in Australia 
Melbourne elms are famous the world over, as one of the heritage tree collections that have not succumbed to Dutch elm disease
A rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. It is widespread in the Melbourne area 
A male red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), also known as the red-backed parrot or grass parrot, is a common bird of south-eastern Australia
A female red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)
The magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) is a conspicuous Australian bird of small to medium size, also known as the mudlark in Victoria and Western Australia, the Murray magpie in South Australia, and as the peewee in New South Wales and Queensland
The common myna or Indian myna (Acridotheres tristis) also sometimes spelled mynah, is a member of family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas) native to Asia. It was introduced to Melbourne in 1862 to control insect pests in market gardens, however, it soon became a pest competing with native birds for nesting places and food
This high wooden fort style playground is a feature of the Reserve and it is a popular spot for kids to play


  1. Just went into Google to pinpoint this park in my head. Very close in, indeed, Nick. And ... I did not realise that the Yarra was such a meandering river. That is a sign of immense age, if I remember learning about the Mississippi correctly from 50 years ago.

  2. I'm fascinated by all the beautiful birds! They are stunning even in the inclement weather.

  3. Beautiful park and photos.

    Regards and best wishes

  4. I've not been to this reserve Nick ... But what a great place to take a walk and capture some of the wildlife....lovely captures as always.

  5. Such beautiful landscapes. And I love your selection of birds as well. :)

  6. What a beautiful park, Nick, and the colorful birds are gorgeous! A wonderful post for the day as always! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great weekend!


  7. Beautiful park. The birds are gorgeous!

  8. Wow, the birds are gorgeous. Wonderful tour of the park. Thanks for sharing, happy skywatching!

  9. Enjoyed the pictures of variety kinds of birds, Nick. Beautiful park.

  10. The rainbow lorikeet caught my attention!. Beautiful pictures Nick.

  11. Wonderful park and incredible birds but I want to see a flying fox Nick! Is is like a flying squirrel with flaps of skin between the front and back legs? I'm intrigued.

  12. Brilliant series of images, looooooove the birds, particularly the 'red rumped parrots' so sweet! Everytime I see such great shots it makes me want to go bird watching. Hope you have a great weekend Nick.

  13. Great shots Nick, you capture the park really well. Have a great weekend.

  14. beautiful series; I especially like the red-rump

  15. What a delightful collection, Nick. I particularly like the 3rd and 5th images. Thanks for sharing more of beautiful Melbourne. Happy weekend!

  16. Beautiful photos!
    Enjoy the weekend.

  17. Beautiful park! We didn't know that deciduous trees were mostly non-natives. NIce to have them in the Autumn isn't it?

  18. The birds look so exotic to me. Nice to see them so up close.

  19. Great series of beautiful shots!
    Love the birds and the Californian Peppercorn Tree.
    Have a great weekend.

  20. I envy you for having such gorgeous colourful birds flying around you. The third shot is absolutely beautiful!


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