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 by way of public transport by taking the practice to Lara from both Geelong or Melbourne if you happen to shouldn’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 possibly can see above. There are bathroom services within the car-park and a picnic space. I’d advise permitting as a lot time as potential if you happen to hope to stroll all the trails and to have the ability to discover the completely different environments and the various species of birds. Many guests seem to do the quick walks, so you possibly can benefit from the space largely alone aside from the wildlife. The sanctuary is open from 8am-4pm each day.

Map of the stroll trails

There have been lots of White-winged Choughs once I was there and I wrote about them right 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 effectively camouflaged I did discover the form of the tree was not fairly proper and there they have 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 all the trails by combining them into a protracted stroll to final a couple of hours. You might be then in a position to admire the birds of the woodlands and wetlands. Nearly 200 hen species have been recorded at Serendip Sanctuary and I used to be not dissatisfied with my day trip. The hen species noticed at any time will fluctuate, 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 have 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 nearly 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 possibly can stroll quietly alongside the paths and be careful for small birds that seem at your ft as they feed alongside the path. There’s additionally seed made obtainable close to the tutorial centre, so the Crimson-browed Finch make the most of that.

Crimson-browed Finch

Very good Fairy-wren

Noticed Pardalote

With so many hen species within the space you’re feeling like you might be continuously wanting from the paths to the bushes 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 change into clearer!

Dusky Woodswallows

Nonetheless, typically you possibly can solely get rear photographs of some species and as quickly as you progress they take off!

Crimson-rumped Parrot

Purple-crowned Lorikeet

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

New Holland Honeyeater

Even if you’re not in a position to commit lots of time to visiting the Serendip Sanctuary you possibly can all the time go to and do a brief path and have a picnic. Maintain a watch out for the Tawny Frogmouths within the car-park!


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