A visit to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens

I don’t go to this place nearly often enough. Situated in Cranbourne, just off the freeway, this botanical gardens has both natural bushland and formal Australian gardens. A lovely place to visit if you’re wanting to see what a bush, flower or tree might look like before you plant it in your own garden. Or just enjoy a lovely day visit there. It has a cafe, information centre, guides, even a small train to give you a tour.

This is the flower of a Kangaroo Paw.

A New Holland Honeyeater enjoying the nectar of the Kangaroo Paw.

New Holland Honeyeater in the Banksia

Went for a walk in my neighbour’s garden which is delightfully wild in some ways. I love wandering along the pathways to come across unsuspecting birds in the bushes.  I love hearing them in the garden when I’m inside the house.  These birds are honey eaters and dart from one bush to another in search of nectar.

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

While out and about exploring my neighbour’s garden the other day (I love to explore hers as well as ours. She’s an elderly neighbour recovering from a hip operation and can’t be out there much so is happy for me to wander around and keep an eye on it for her), I noticed some New Holland Honeyeaters flitting around. Hadn’t seen them for a few months but they’re back again now.

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

The New Holland Honeyeater have begun showing up in the garden again. They are mostly black and white, with a large yellow wing patch and yellow sides on the tail. It has a small white ear patch, a thin white whisker at the base of the bill and a white eye. This honeyeater is an active bird, and rarely sits still long enough to give an extended view. Sexes are similar in looks, but females are slightly smaller in size. It was among the first birds to be scientifically described in Australia. I wanted to get it backlit by the sun in this shot.

200-366 New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

We did have some moments of sunshine and blue skies during the week so I took advantage and went outside to have a brief walk around our property. I was delighted to hear a New Holland Honeyeater nearby, they don’t seem to come to our garden much. I saw it on the Mulberry Bush hanging over the neighbour’s fence and managed to get a couple of shots of it. 🙂

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater