Parkes STP

To: "Baus" <>
Subject: Parkes STP
From: "Graham Turner" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 18:20:28 +1000
G'day Birders, I had to go to Parkes (central western NSW) last week for work 
and had enough time to take in a quick look at Parkes sewage treatment plant. 
Fortunately I was able to get directions from Neville Schrader local birder 
extradinaire and found the place without any issues (directions below just so 
that they are on the archive).

I arrived at about 5:00 pm and saw that a large portion of the local duck 
population was taking refuge at what must be one of the last remaining wetlands 
in the area. Its as dry as the proverbial at Parkes at the moment (more on this 
to follow). I saw about 40 species in the 45 minutes I was there, and this was 
without checking out the whole area, due to the sun setting and needing an 
early start the next day.

Highlights include both little and noisy friarbird in the same grove of trees, 
a spectacularly plumaged marsh tern, a lone Japanese snipe, spotted harrier and 
black tailed native hens (6+). Neville said that there are also sharp-tailed 
sandpiper and avocet at this spot, but I didn't see them

Definitely worth a visit for anyone in the area

Graham Turner

Directions to Parkes STP
 >> The Parkes Sewage Farm is to found by taking the Eugowra road , after
>> Goobang creek crossing [signposted as Billabong Creek], take the first turn 
>> to the right, across the
>> railway line and follow [dirt] road for approximately 2km, ponds on the 
>> right.
>> Regards
>> Neville

List in motel room order (forgot my pen)
Black duck
Wood duck
Pink eared duck
Aust. grebe
Hoary headed grebe
Black tailed native hen
Marsh tern
White ibis
Straw neck ibis
Pied stilt
Japanese snipe (tried to turn it into a painted, but couldn't)
Little pied cormorant
Red kneed dotterel
Black fronted dotterel
Grey teal
Chestnut teal
Masked lapwing
Long-billed Corella
White plumed HE
Noisy friar
Little friar
Magpie lark
Whistling kite
Spotted harrier
Black shouldered kite
Peaceful dove
Crested pigeon
Red rumped parrot
White breasted woodswallow
Martin sp
Aust raven.

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