I've just returned from a 12-day trip to Victoria (visiting Werribee,
Great Ocean Road and the mallee) and will write about all that later
this week, but thought I'd mention a few NSW sightings first.
I stopped in at the Hay Wetlands (aka sewage ponds) on my way home
and found it teeming with birdlife: most notable were a couple of
Australasian Bitterns calling. Also 20-30 Baillon's Crakes, 6 Spotted
Crakes, Black-tailed Native-hen, Shelduck, White-winged Fairy-wren...
This site is a joy to visit: well signposted, easy access.
I also visited Fivebough Swamp and spent so long there that I ended
up staying the night at Leeton. Most notable here were 3 Magpie Geese
(listed as rare visitors on the Fivebough bird list); also saw a few
Baillons and Spotted Crakes, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, many Whiskered
Terns, c.150 Red-necked Avocets, a dozen or so Glossy Ibis, 3 Wood
Sandpipers, many Sharpies, etc. On the track I encountered a very
impressive Red-bellied Black Snake.
All the above sightings were on 29th Sept.
Superb Parrots were seen while driving: 2 flying over the Hume
Highway at Jugiong on 19 Sept, and 1 seen at Woodstock (near Cowra)
on 30 Sept.
The Fivebough Birding and Nature Fair scheduled for 22-26 November
looks like it will be a great event. Good to see places like Leeton
and Hay taking the initiative to encourage birding tourism.
Blue Mountains NSW
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