Birds are an important part of the ecosystem of the Gardens

Botanical Gardens in Australia and I guess throughout the world, attract many and varied visitors with wide and diverse interests. One of these groups are birdwatchers, who are aware that, as a rule, these gardens grow a mixture of local, countrywide and overseas species. While, like people, birds would prefer their own native habitat in which they have been for centuries, few are able, in some circumstances, to adapt to a changed environment providing it offers suitable needs for their survival. So it is the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens goes someway in providing food and shelter to many native birds permanently, seasonally, and even overnight for those travelling afar.  BY BARBARA GARRETT

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Pacific Koel, Eudynamys orientalis