When I was a young tacker (which my kids will tell you was back in the olden days, even before trams.), the area at the end of South Road on Warrigal Road was from distant memory a quarry of sorts. Being young, it wasn’t a big deal about what sort of quarry, just that is was.
Well times change, quarrying in the heart of a busy industrial/residential area is no longer in vogue. Perhaps also they managed to get out all the useable sand. So the area has been regenerated into a range of lovely pools of water, lots of green lawns for someone to mow, and a planting of native type plants and lots of well benched paths and a few tracks. There is also a nifty lookout that with a bit of imagination does indeed resemble a dragonfly. And lots of picnic talbles and bbqs to keep everyone happy
It has a bit of a record of being the home to a few special species of birds and we all turned up for the Melbourne Birdlife Photography Group’s day at the park, with a bit of anticipation of an interesting day. Did I mention the school cross country race day. Nope, thought not. So with bird photographers with long lenses going in one direction and school kids running all about shouting out encouragement, (whether it was needed or not), any self-respecting bird would have gone to the beach.
But, birds are if nothing else hardy creatures. We soon had a fly by from a Brown Goshawk. It was just plain tired of trying to find a quiet perch I suspect. A pair of Black-shouldered Kites joined in the flyby and landed conveniently for some of the group in a nearby tree. A Flame Robin was spotted and a Golden-headed Cisticola. Along with the usual band of wetlands birds.
After birdcall and most had departed, we managed another walk about the largest lake. I managed to find among some teatree scrub a number of Brown Quail. Not that they were easy to photograph, count or follow. But among it all I was pretty happy to get a reasonable recognisable frame.
The weather stayed in a sulk, and eventually it was time for home. Fish’n'chips in South Melbourne was a suitable way to finish the day.