I had the joy of attending Healesville Sanctuary with my family in late February to have a look around (and of course take some photos). The sanctuary is unlike Melbourne and Werribee Zoo in that it has far more Australian animals than the other Zoo's, it really is an Australian based Zoo covering all realms of Australian animals from birds through to the classic koala!On my visit, we took our two children (1. year old, and 3.5 years old), to be honest for the youngest it was not too excited since I don't think he fully comprehended what was going on however, for our eldest she loved the experience. one of the prime reasons for going was to see the "Spirits of the Sky" show which is run at around 12pm and 2:30pm which highlights some of the extraordinary animals that Australia has in its skies, everyone loved the experience.Beyond
In November, we visited Grants Picnic Ground in the Sherbrook Forest (Off Monbulk Rd, Belgrave) to allow me to take some photos. I thought it might be nice to bring my daughter and wife along to see some of the birds. The park offers a fenced feeding area / cafe where you can purchase seeds to feed the birds (Grants on Sherbrooke), however in the Picnic areas outside of this you can also use the Barbeques, but feeding of the birds is prohibited.The trip was fantastic, with many birds (mainly the Cockatoo), but also some Rosella's and even a Laughing Kookaburra.Given good weather, I would highly recommend the area with Cockatoo's following most visitors seeking seed, flying between cars (below), and even landing on nearby rocks to say hello.The images below were taken with the Nikon D5300 and a Tamron 150-600mm Super Telephoto lens.