Yarra River

July 29th, 2013 | Hawthorn, Photos, Yarra River

I know it’s popular to bag the Yarra – “the river that flows upside down” – but I think it is absolutely beautiful. There is a particularly lovely stretch near where I am living. There is now a walking/bicycle track along much of its length, which makes it very accessible.

As is usually the case with rivers, it is at its best at dawn and dusk.

I have been especially surprised at the variety of bird life. There is even a family of darters (“snake birds”) nearby. I watched one for quite a while standing on a log, waving its wings back and forth – presumably to dry them.

Closer to the city, there are egrets. Then there are cormorants (heaps of them), ducks and swans. I saw a large group of cormorants paddling away. They look not unlike ducks, but they seem to sit quite a lot lower in the water.

There are also some truly massive trees at the water’s edge, and the various water craft and landing platforms are fascinating, too.

Fishing platform

Fishing platform

Family of darters

Family of darters

View across Burwood Road bridge

View across Burwood Road bridge

Tree and palm

Tree and palm

Revegetation...

Revegetation…

Boats

Boats

Landing

Landing

Cyclists on bridge

Cyclists on bridge

Pylons

Pylons

Reflections...

Reflections…

More reflections...

More reflections…

Cruising up the river

Cruising up the river

Burst of colour

Burst of colour

Big red house on top of hill

Big red house on top of hill

Way to go!

Way to go!

Henley strait

City view

City view

Neat, eh?

Neat, eh?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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