Views all Canberrans will recognise (15)

To: "'Geoffrey Dabb'" <>, <>
Subject: Views all Canberrans will recognise (15)
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 22:20:39 +1000
On the blitz day last year this was one of the spots I did and came across a Brown Snake carefully working along the river bank investigating some of the little holes in the sand. It took little notice of us standing to watch it only about 2 or 3 metres away. (I feel much safer near a snake that I know is there rather than one I don't know is there. Also the Brown Goshawk's nest is in Geoff's photo maybe in the tree just to the right of the Brown Falcon's left wing (but it might be just a bit further away too, it is hard to be sure).
Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Views all Canberrans will recognise (15)

THARWA SANDWASH (on a dull day).  This stretch of the Murrumbidgee, about 25km south of Parliament House, is accessible and part of a nature reserve.   It has become popular with birdwatchers because  of the possibility of interesting sightings of birds following the river corridor.  It is a good place for raptors, but beware of wombat holes when looking skywards.  Anyone lured to the spot by the prospect of seeing some traditional Australian sand-washing will be disappointed, as ‘wash’ is apparently used in sense 36 in the  Macquarie Dictionary:  ‘a shallow part of a river’, a term from a time when Australians had more words for natural features than they do now.


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