Friday, February 1, 2013

Devilbend Reservoir

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When finished, this will be a fabulous reserve. There are several walks to traverse, mostly ending up on the shoreline of the reservoir. In a short period I sighted hundreds of Eurasian Coots, Black Swans, all three Grebe species, a musk duck, hardhead, Horsfield's Bronze Cuckoo, three species of cormorant, Pelicans, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, a Spotted Crake, and the usual bush birds. There is ample car parking with a picnic area including BBQ's. The only complaint I have is the amount of rubbish that is invading the waterways and surroundings since the area has been opened up for fishing. From Parks Victoria website:

Devilbend Natural Features Reserve covers an area of 1005 hectares.
The reserve comprises 422 hectares of native vegetation, almost 250 hectares of water surface area associated with Devilbend and Bittern Reservoirs, 328 hectares of non-native vegetation predominantly in the form of cleared gs as well as opportunities for recreation.
The landscapes and landforms of the reserve are intrinsic elements of the Country of the Boonwurrung people. The reserve is of considerable aesthetic, historical, scientific and social value to the Boonwurazed land.
The reserve also includes the largest inland water body on the Mornington Peninsula providing valuable habitat for waterbirds and shorebirdrrung people and has been assessed as being of state significance for its unique combination of cultural and environmental values near in a population area.

Braeside and Waterways

Cattle Egret

Nankeen Night Heron

immature Nankeen Night Heron


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