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  • A walk along the banks of the Parramatta River

    Posted by Trevor Patrick February 2, 2014 - 286 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #Wildlife  #birds  #animals 

    I regularly walk along the banks of the Parramatta River using the well graded concrete paths. The Parramatta City Council have inserted artistic information tiles at historic locations adding to the pleasure of the journey. The city of Parramatta has been evolving from a single storey dwelling and retail shops settlement into a highrise metropolis from the 1950s. Developers have created apartment towers along with business suites providing employment.

    The Australian native wildlife has adapted to the changes and give an observant visitor the opportunity to view birds and animals unique to the natural world. These same creatures excited the scientific world of the 18th and 19th century when explorers first visited Australia.

    Graceful black swans float on the river above the first weir that prevents the salt water of Port Jackson mixing with the fresh water that flows down from the hills to the north and west of the city. Pied cormorants dive into the river seeking small fish. Little corella flock onto the tall Bunya Pine trees when they fruit in January and February. Fierce-looking water dragons bask in the sun on rocks at the river edge do not present any danger since they feed only on insects.