Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 19, 2010

Melbourne Botanic Gardens

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , , — admin @ 4:54 am

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

19th February, 2010.

The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are quite near to the centre of the city. I got there by taking a train to Flinders Street, then catching a tram Numbers 3, 5, 8, 16, 64 or 67 up St Kilda Road and stopping at Domain Interchange(Stop 20). Then I walked up the hill to the Shrine of Remembrance, crossed the road towards the Observatory and walked through the gate. It is about two kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. The flamboyant and colourful cultivars and hybrids of the Perennial Collection are a highlight of February, so they say.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

First off, I saw a few Sulphur-crested Cockatoos flying past with their usual raucous cacophony. There were lots of Common Myna, Rainbow Lorikeets and Little Wattlebirds. I saw this black bird near the herbarium, so I tracked him down and eventually got some photos of him. It was a Common Blackbird – but not so common for me, as I have only seen them a couple of times – at Mudgee, and here.

Common Blackbird
Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)

Around the ponds and lakes there were a number of water birds, mainly Purple Swamphen, Little Pied Cormorant, Pacific Black Duck, Darter, Silver Gull, Black Swan and these Dusky Moorhen chicks, who came really close to me. So close in fact that I could not focus my camera. They were well within my focal range, less than a meter away from me.

Dusky Moorhen chick
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

I managed to spot a few other bush birds. Some White-browed Scrubwren were fossicking around amongst the bushes, the Brown Thornbills managed to evade a sharp photograph and a Willy Wagtail made an appearance over the other side of the lake. Its not a days birding without seeing a Willy Wagtail!

The Royal Botanic Gardens are a great place for international birders who only have a very limited amount of time in Melbourne. They can zap out to the gardens and see quite a few different types of common Australian birds, and maybe even get a few ticks if they only have a couple of spare hours between conferences or commitments whilst doing business.

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne bird list 19/2/10

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Common Myna
Rainbow Lorikeet
Little Wattlebird
Common Blackbird
White-browed Scrubwren
Purple Swamphen
Dusky Moorhen
Little Pied Cormorant
Black Swan
Silver Gull
Eurasian Coot
Pacific Black Duck
Brown Thornbill
Australian Raven
Willy Wagtail
Spotted Turtle-dove
Rock Dove
Australian Magpie


  1. Awe the Dusky Moorhen chick is so cute … my what big feet it has! Great photos.

    Comment by Debbie Miller @HooootOwl — February 20, 2010 @ 1:36 am

  2. Thanks Deb,

    they are almost primeval with their big feet.

    Comment by admin — February 20, 2010 @ 9:28 am

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress