Fivebough and lake Cargelligo

To: 'Wayne Gregson' <>, 'COG List' <>
Subject: Fivebough and lake Cargelligo
From: Gerard J <>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2018 12:41:23 +0000

Hi Wayne,


Just saw your email.  I was at Fivebough between 22 and 24 April.  Don’t know if you ended up going already.  Over the three mornings and two afternoons I saw:


Black Ducks, Grey Teal, Pelicans, Black Swans, Swamphens, Coots, Magpies, Willie Wagtails, Golden-headed Cisticolas, Black-winged Stilts, Red-kneed Dotterels, a White-necked Heron, White-faced Heron, Grey Butcherbird, European Goldfinches, Zebra Finches.  Raptors included a Hobby, Whistling Kite, Nankeen Kestrels, and others unidentified from a distance (probably Kites).  A Spotless Crake darted in front of me several times while I was waiting to get photos of the Stilts in flight (which I haven’t put up on Facebook yet).


There is some, but not much water there, and a long walk to see it through only a few gaps in the reeds or from the raised  viewing platforms.  However there is easy (driveable) access to a few ponds from the corner of Fivebough and Quadling Roads.  There I saw Royal Spoonbills, Yellow-billed Spoonbills, Great Egrets, and Australasian Darters as well as the usual ducks.


Have been slowly adding photos here:


Yellow-billed Spoonbill:


Red-kneed Dotterels:


I enjoyed my visit, but I think it would be better after some rain, and after Winter.  Looking forward to going back in Spring/Summer.


Gerard Jenkins


From: Wayne Gregson [
Sent: Monday, 30 April 2018 6:50 PM
To: 'COG List'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Fivebough and lake Cargelligo


Has anyone been out to either spot in the last few days?  I am thinking of a trip out to both spots in a week or so and would appreciate some feedback on the state of the wetlands and bird activity.


Wayne Gregson

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