Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Images of Nature and Wildlife along the Wild Bushland Trails and in the formal Australian Garden
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne specialises in native species and has two distinctly different parts: the wild bushland trailsand the formal Australian Garden – providing, contrasting environments for nature and wildlife photography.
The wild bushland at Cranbourne features natural grassland, heathland, wetlands and woodland areas. For a relatively easy circular 4.4 Km bush walk start at the car park and follow Trig Track through heathland to Trig Point Lookout and Perched Swamp. Then take a right onto Lake Track 1 through grassy woodland to the wetlands, then another right onto Wylies Creek track through grassland to the Woodlands Picnic Area.
Wildlife images: Jacky dragon lizard (Amphibolurus muricatus) near Trig Point lookout and a couple of red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), one in the grassy woodland and another in the grassland near Elisabeth Murdoch Pavilion.
The Australian Garden
The Australian Garden features many native species arranged in themed collections such as the arid inland landscape of the Red Sand Garden and watering cans in the Water Saving Garden.
The garden attracts wildlife and is a haven for native birds. The grass trees (Xanthorrhoea australis) are a magnet for honeyeaters and bees alike. Three spices of honeyeater feature: the common New Holland honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae), little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) and the rarer male scarlet or crimson honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta) together with a red wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata). The little wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) is a medium to large honeyeater and as with other honeyeaters, they feed on nectar, obtained using a long brush-tipped tongue, specially adapted to probe deep into flowers. Other food includes insects, flowers, berries and some seeds.
Birds in the Australian Garden
Flowers in the Australian Garden
Images of the Red Sand Garden and watering cans in the Water Saving Garden together with a few of Australia's native flowers: Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelasa), narrow-leaved drumsticks (Isopogon anethifolius), Eucalyptus Caesia, native frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum), waratah flower (Telopea speciosissima x oreades) and (Telopea mongaensis x speciosissima).