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Updated 10 June, 2020
i love coming across someone who doesn't do things by halves...
Rod is a local with an interest in local pursuits...
I'm pleased to be able to share two of Rod's interests:
A bit of local history.
Late yesterday afternoon I went for a stroll on the gravel path beyond "Buckley's Falls" on the Barwon River. It was quite interesting as there are several weirs, plus a couple of fishing platforms.
The weirs which were built many, many years ago. There is a small channel on the South side which starts at the last weir, (at one time you could walk across it when the river was low). The bridge across the channel has fallen in disrepair and is fenced off, but the blustone steps are stlll there. This channel ends at the old Paper Mill.
The channel provided water to run the machinery as well as being used to make paper.
At the old Paper Mill, the water you see coming down a blue stone wall is the spillway, not "Buckley's Falls".
The path that runs from the old Paper Mill is gravel and the first 150 metres is quite steep, thereafter it is easy walking. After you get to the first fishing platform, from then on it is a narrow dirt track. From the second fishing platform, the dirt track becomes very narrow, and after crossing a broken fence, the path is about a foot wide with tall grass either side. Good snake country. This track leads you to the Barwon River bridge at the Ring Road.
There was no one walking on the track, so I did not have to worry about "social distancing".
This is a very good, scenic and relaxing walk.
Where ornithology and Fyansford come together.....
Bird life around Fyansford
Following a request from Penney Touhy for details of bird life around GenFyansford estate, the Moorabool and Barwon Rivers (as far as Buckley Falls), and on the Moorabool river as far as the Ring Road bridge to the North West from the estate.
In this post, I have included a "few" photos that I have taken over the past 15 months we have lived in the GenFyansford estate. There are also a few other bird types that I missed.
Some of the photos of Male and Female Wrens as well as the finches and a few others were taken from behind the wire fence on Moorabool River side of the playground.
I have an old Nikon SLR D5200.
I only have 2 lenses (both) Nikon. A 18 to 250 and 70 to 300 which I used for most of these photos.
What bird is that?
Living in Fyansford by the confluence of the Barwon and Moorabool rivers, adjacent to extensive parklands, flourishing rural properties and busy suburbia, we are, indeed, fortunate to be surrounded by varied habitats. If we do the right thing and look after our environment, birdlife will in time become wondrously abundant.
As a son of an avid bird fancier I was very familiar with dad's prized reference "What Bird Is That?"
Rod Morrison recently posted on Fyansford Community Noticeboard,
"Fyansford is a great place to live. We have quite a variety of bird life in and around the Moorabool River very close to the playground on Monier Way. Here a 'few' photographs that I have recently taken to share with you. Most likely you will have seen quite a few of these birds about".
Ivan the Ibis in flight over the Monier Way playground amongst yesterday's smoke haze from the Gippsland bushfires
Has anyone done a Fyansford bird count?
To check the updated gallery of Rod Morrison's posted photos: Take me there...