Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, Victoria

Lake in the Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, western Victoria

Lake in the Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, western Victoria

On the last day of our holidays in January we travelled from Gisborne just north of Melbourne to home in Murray Bridge. It was a long day of driving and I had few opportunities for birding along the way. we left our friends’ place a little later than I had hoped so we didn’t stop for morning tea. We pushed through to Ararat for lunch.

In Ararat we found a reasonable spot in the Alexandra Gardens. Here I was able to do a few minutes of birding during and after our picnic lunch. On the lake were the usual types of birds one expects in lakes in parks and gardens: Eurasian Coots, Dusky Moorhens, Pacific Black Ducks and Silver Gulls.

Long-billed Corellas, Ararat, western Victoria

Long-billed Corellas, Ararat, western Victoria

Pacific Black Ducks and Dusky Moorhens, Ararat, Victoria

Pacific Black Ducks and Dusky Moorhens, Ararat, Victoria

While we were eating a flock of about 40 Long-billed Corellas came noisily wheeling overhead and settled in the tree above us. In the distance I saw a smaller flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos winging their way slowly across town. A Laughing Kookaburra called somewhere near and Masked Lapwings could be heard calling on the adjacent sports grounds.

In the shrubbery near us several Common Blackbirds gave their warning call as I came down the path,  New Holland Honeyeaters were busy feeding in the well maintained Australian native plant section of the gardens and several Striated Pardalotes called from the canopy of the trees overhead.

Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, western Victoria

Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, western Victoria

Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, western Victoria

Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, western Victoria

 

2 Responses to “Alexandra Gardens, Ararat, Victoria”

  1. karen zorec says:

    I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THESE GARDENS. I HAD MY WEDDING PHOTOS TAKEN IN THE GARDENS IN 1972. ALSO WHEN WE LIVED AT J WARD I SPENT HOURS PLAYING IN THE ‘GROTTO’ JUST DOWN FROM THE JAIL. I MAKE SURE I PAY A VISIT EVERYTIME I RETURN TO ARARAT.

  2. Trevor says:

    HI Karen,

    Thanks for visiting my web site and for leaving some comments.

    The gardens are indeed lovely and we enjoy visiting.

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