Briars Park Wildlife Sanctuary – Nature Photography along the Wetlands Boardwalk, Kur-Bur-Rer and Woodlands Tracks
The Briars Park, situated at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula is a Wildlife Sanctuary and has on old Historic Homestead in the grounds – an interesting, but not spectacular, place for nature and wildlife photography.
Wildlife Sanctuary nature walk: Start with an easy 700-metre Wetlands Boardwalk through the wetlands and visit the Boonoorong and Chechingurk Hides. After the short wetlands walk, take a longer circular stroll around the four Km Ker-Bur-Rer and Woodlands tracks. There is a link from the Wetlands to the Wetlands Viewpoint at the junction of Ker-Bur-Rer and Woodlands tracks but bridge repairs closed the path in October 2013.
Birds: Eastern yellow robin (Eopsaltria australis), golden whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis), superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) and at the Chechingurk Hide a black swan (Cygnus atratus) on its nest.
Fairy wren defensive behaviour?
At the Boonoorong hide a male and female fairy wren were flying vigorously against the glass. This could be defensive behaviour maybe due to birds seeing reflections in the window glass - it was dark inside the hide.
After visiting the Chechingurk Hide and returning to the Boonoorong Hide, the fairy wrens were still flying vigorously against the glass then the female collapsed, nine seconds later the male collapsed, after another five seconds both seemed to recover and were up flying again. The image sequence follows, apologies for poor quality images, the glass in the hide was scratched and very dirty.
Female Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus) at the Boonoorong hide window, The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary
Male Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus) at the Boonoorong hide window, The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary
Male thrashing and female collapsed Superb Fairy Wrens at the Boonoorong hide window, The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary
Collapsed pair of Superb Fairy Wrens at the Boonoorong hide window, The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary
Male Superb Fairy Wren thrashing at the Boonoorong hide window, The Briars Wildlife Sanctuary