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|Date:||Wed, 16 May 2018 09:58:03 +0000|
A total of 15 Members gathered at the parking area of the North Weston Ponds near the RSPCA on a beautiful Canberra Autumn morning.
We circled the first large pond and observed the numerous water birds perched on the barrier across the middle of the smaller pond. 1 Black-fronted Dotterel was on the concrete drain joining the 2 ponds. There were 16 Pink-eared Ducks along with Grey Teals, Hardheads, Pacific Black Ducks, Coots and Hoary-headed Grebes and a Little Pied Cormorant all adding to the count. Australasian Pipits were seen in the open area to the west of the pond.
The track along the southern side of the river yielded a few lbb's but it wasn't until we ventured along the north side that we encountered a large mff. 2 White-fronted Chats, many Superb Fairy-wrens, Brown Thornbills, Silvereyes, at least 5 Double-bar Finches and more Australian Magpies.
One Australian Wood Duck (Manned Duck) had us wondering if it was a hybrid of some sort, but on closer study it looked to have some odd and re-arranged wing feathers on the right side only (the left side was quite normal).
All up we recorded 38 species for the day - the full species list is on ebird.
A healthy looking fox was seen across the river near the foot bridge.
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