Water at the botanical gardens

There are several water features at the botanical gardens in Cranbourne and they’re artistic and beautiful to view.

Birds at Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

At last we get to the birds. I’m told there are 178 species at the gardens and counting but I only had a limited time and not the best light to capture images of all those I did see. So here are a few I saw during my visit there.

Sacred (Australian white) ibis flying overhead. We also saw a much larger flock but they were very high and a further distance away.
Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Blue (male) Superior Fairy-wren who literally came to my feet but I had a long lens on so had to stick with images of him a bit further away from me.
Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Wood swallow. I hadn’t seen one of these before.
Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

New Holland Honeyeater. There were lots of these in the formal gardens.
Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

We also saw swallows, kookaburras, a variety of honeyeaters and other small birds in the bushland area. Couldn’t capture decent pictures of them all, this time round.

Flora at Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

So now the flora. There was an abundance of plants, bushes, flowers, trees, etc.  Such a lovely and stunning place to visit. From bushland that was almost untouched, through to planned and formal gardens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Butterflies at Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

While exploring these gardens I saw a beautiful butterfly I’d not seen before, so welcome any comments about what the name might be 🙂 I thought it was gorgeous and beautifully marked and coloured, don’t you?

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

And then I saw this Painted Lady which is a fairly common species here in Australia but still lovely to look at. It had made itself at home on the paper daisy. I love its furry look on its body.

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Visiting Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

There are so many beautiful places to visit on the east side of Melbourne, Australia.  On the weekend I went on a photo walk with some fellow bird photographers to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. I’d not been there for a few years and knew it had been undergoing some changes.  I plan to share with you, over the next few days, some of the sites I saw.

While we initially went for birds there were many other things we also saw. We first visited the Stringybark Picnic Area which has many tracks and a wetlands. The bushland there is pretty much untouched, apart from walking tracks, and truly beautiful and natural. Below is a Swamp Wallaby, fairly well camouflaged in the bush, an Echidna enjoying a forage on the ground, and a Southern Brown Bandicoot I later saw in the formal gardens.

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

Visit to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens