Serendip Sanctuary, Victoria – 10,000 Birds

Serendip Sanctuary is a 250 ha protected space that’s close to the You Yangs and the small city of Lara, Victoria. You possibly can simply get there through public transport by taking the practice to Lara from both Geelong or Melbourne for those who don’t have entry to a car. Lara is about 20 kilometres from Geelong or 60 kilometres south-west of Melbourne.

It’s free to enter Serendip Sanctuary and as you drive or stroll up the highway into the parking space there are alternatives to see kangaroos and wallabies as you’ll be able to see above. There are bathroom services within the car-park and a picnic space. I might advise permitting as a lot time as doable for those who hope to stroll the entire trails and to have the ability to discover the totally different environments and the various species of birds. Many guests seem to do the brief walks, so you’ll be able to benefit from the space largely alone apart from the wildlife. The sanctuary is open from 8am-4pm every day.

Map of the stroll trails

There have been numerous White-winged Choughs once I was there and I wrote about them here. On the stroll in I additionally noticed Emus and Gray Fantails after which within the car-park I observed a pair of Tawny Frogmouths. Though Tawny Frogmouths are nicely camouflaged I did discover the form of the tree was not fairly proper and there they had been. Hiding in plain sight identical to they’re all throughout Australia.


Gray Fantail-constantly on the transfer catching bugs

Tawny Frogmouths

I made a decision to stroll the entire trails by combining them into a protracted stroll to final just a few hours. You might be then capable of respect the birds of the woodlands and wetlands. Nearly 200 bird species have been recorded at Serendip Sanctuary and I used to be not dissatisfied with my time out. The hen species noticed at any time will differ, however most individuals that go to which can be making lists recording round fifty hen species.

The Cape Barren Geese had goslings once I visited. Chestnut Teal and Hardheads had been the predominant geese and there have been a number of Masked Lapwings amongst them. There have been additionally Dusky Moorhens and each Australasian and Hoary-headed Grebes. The Black-fronted Dotterels might virtually be neglected till they confronted you and their fronts gave them away.

Cape Barren Geese

Chestnut Teal and Masked Lapwings


Dusky Moorhen

Hoary-headed Grebe

Black-fronted Dotterels

Within the woodland areas you’ll be able to stroll quietly alongside the paths and be careful for small birds that seem at your toes as they feed alongside the path. There’s additionally seed made accessible close to the academic centre, so the Purple-browed Finch benefit from that.

Purple-browed Finch

Very good Fairy-wren

Noticed Pardalote

With so many hen species within the space you’re feeling like you’re always trying from the paths to the timber and past. Generally you discover a color or a form and cease and transfer barely and discover extra hen species. You possibly can transfer fastidiously and get some sky behind the birds after which they turn into clearer!

Dusky Woodswallows

Nonetheless, typically you’ll be able to solely get rear photographs of some species and as quickly as you progress they take off!

Purple-rumped Parrot

Purple-crowned Lorikeet

There have been loads of New Holland Honeyeaters feeding within the timber, however after all the closest one acquired to me was on a wire fence!

New Holland Honeyeater

Even in case you are not capable of commit numerous time to visiting the Serendip Sanctuary you’ll be able to all the time go to and do a brief path and have a picnic. Preserve an eye fixed out for the Tawny Frogmouths within the car-park!

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