Australian National Botanic Gardens

The gardens are open dawn to dusk on Clunies-Ross St. in Acton at Q1 on UBD map 58 (35 16 45 S; 149 06 33 E). You can walk to the gardens from the western side of Civic through the Australian National University.If driving remember to pay your parking fee. A map is available from the information centre or on the web at café is a good spot to begin birding in the gardens. There are usually White-winged Choughs stealing scraps from the tables. Australian Ravens, Superb Fairy-wrens and Australian Wood-ducks may also be nearby.

Go north from the café onto a wide bitumen path running north. Pay special attention to the silver leaved Eucalyptus cinerea, they often contain small birds. Further along is an area of Banksias and Grevilleas which are good for honeyeaters such as New Holland Honeyeater and Eastern Spinebill. The tall white trunked E. maculosa in this area often hold Crimson Rosellas and Red Wattlebirds. Listen for Gang-gang Cockatoos and RufousWhistler in these trees. Rejoin the pebble-coated main path at the Sydney Region Gully sign. Look in the gully for Eastern Yellow Robin. The acacias on the far side of the gully sometimes have Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos feeding in them.

Follow the main path through the eucalypt lawn, the lower side of the lawn area is good for Australian Magpie, Grey Fantail and perhaps Gang-Gangs. The path leads past the rockery to the rain-forest gully. The dense vegetation in this gully is a good site to search for White-browed Scrubwren and Australian King-Parrots. In winter, patient searching in this area may turn up a Bassian Thrush. Check the grassy woodland area near the visitors centre for Superb Fairywren and Red-browed Finch. The water features near the visitors centre usually have Eastern Water Dragons sunning themselves on the rocks.

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