Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Briars

A short visit to The Briars on the Mornington proved worthwhile. Some very noisy Rainbow Lorikeets were busy looking for a nesting site and an Eastern Yellow Robin became very friendly getting quite close. I managed to spot one Koala but couldn't get a photo. The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo was more obliging. A male Mistletoebird was very high in a tree so I cropped the photo quite a bit. There a two wetland birdhides at The Briars but not much worth reporting. I'll have to return soon and spend more time there.

From the Mornington Peninsula shire:

The Briars Park is the Shire's foremost property, embodying all that is special about the Mornington Peninsula's cultural landscape. Long known as 'Chechingurk' to the Bunurong Aborigines, it was settled in 1840 by Captain James Reid. From 1846 until 1976 Alexander Balcombe and his descendents farmed 'The Briars' and built and extended the Homestead. Alexander's great grandsons presented the Homestead and surrounds to the National Trust and the Shire with the remainder of the property, including a 96 hectare bushland reserve, being purchased by the Shire for the community. The Briars Park offers a wide range of activities for a cross section of the community, from bushwalks to tours of historic features, school holiday activities, jazz concerts and theatre. The park is well utilised by individuals, school children and groups, visiting the 96 hectare wildlife reserve or the historical homestead with its collection of Napoleonic artefacts.

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