We took a newly discovered shortcut to Macleod today, which instead of being on the sidewalk next to the street, follows a path next to some wild areas. It makes going to Macleod a lot less painful. Once we were done with our Macleod chores, we walked a little further and found the big park that we’d spotted from the train. It was big, green and mostly quiet. There were some nice playgrounds with a few kids and we saw some people walking dogs. It’s very pleasant and when we don’t feel like the killer 12 mile hike along the Yarra River, this is a good alternative.
When we were walking back we passed a giant flock of big black parrots. We thought we’d seen them flying before, but we figured they were crows and our eye and ears were deceiving us. Apparently these are yellow-tailed black cockatoos. Who knew? They don’t do well in captivity and are now illegal to export, which is why we’d never heard of them.