Serendip Sanctuary is a 250 ha protected space that’s close to the You Yangs and the small city of Lara, Victoria. You’ll be able to simply get there through public transport by taking the practice to Lara from both Geelong or Melbourne should you wouldn’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 street into the parking space there are alternatives to see kangaroos and wallabies as you may see above. There are rest room amenities within the car-park and a picnic space. I’d advise permitting as a lot time as attainable should you hope to stroll the entire trails and to have the ability to discover the completely different environments and the numerous species of birds. Many guests seem to do the quick walks, so you may benefit from the space principally alone aside from the wildlife. The sanctuary is open from 8am-4pm day by day.
Map of the stroll trails
There have been quite a lot of 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 seen a pair of Tawny Frogmouths. Though Tawny Frogmouths are properly 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
I made a decision to stroll the entire trails by combining them into an extended stroll to final a couple of hours. You might be then in a position to respect the birds of the woodlands and wetlands. Virtually 200 bird species have been recorded at Serendip Sanctuary and I used to be not upset with my day trip. The fowl species noticed at any time will range, however most individuals that go to which might be making lists recording round fifty fowl 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 ignored till they confronted you and their fronts gave them away.
Cape Barren Geese
Chestnut Teal and Masked Lapwings
Within the woodland areas you may stroll quietly alongside the paths and be careful for small birds that seem at your toes as they feed alongside the path. There may be additionally seed made out there close to the academic centre, so the Pink-browed Finch make the most of that.
With so many fowl species within the space you are feeling like you’re always trying from the paths to the bushes and past. Generally you discover a color or a form and cease and transfer barely and discover extra fowl species. You’ll be able to transfer fastidiously and get some sky behind the birds after which they turn into clearer!
Nevertheless, typically you may solely get rear photographs of some species and as quickly as you progress they take off!
There have been loads of New Holland Honeyeaters feeding within the bushes, however in fact the closest one bought to me was on a wire fence!
New Holland Honeyeater
Even in case you are not in a position to commit quite a lot of time to visiting the Serendip Sanctuary you may at all times go to and do a brief path and have a picnic. Maintain an eye fixed out for the Tawny Frogmouths within the car-park!