White-necked Heron breeding record at Wamboin

To: Murray DELAHOY <>, "David McDonald (Personal)" <>
Subject: White-necked Heron breeding record at Wamboin
From: Marnix Zwankhuizen via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2021 23:14:52 +0000
Interestingly the same species were present around this time last year when the paddock also flooded.


From: Canberrabirds <> on behalf of Murray DELAHOY via Canberrabirds <>
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2021 6:46:39 PM
To: David McDonald (Personal) <>
Cc: Canberrabirds <>; Frank Antram <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] White-necked Heron breeding record at Wamboin
Hi David,

I don’t think a single bird can be breeding(!) …. but a single white-necked heron, together with a Great Egret and White-faced Heron, have taken up residence in the ephemeral wetland just opposite where Sandford St Mitchell joins Gunghalin drive (nr the Gungahlin Cemetery).  Apart from any COVID issues if anyone is going to go by car to look be careful - Gungahlin Dve can be very busy and there aren’t any formal parking spots on that side of the road.

On 25 Sep 2021, at 6:22 pm, David McDonald (Personal) <> wrote:

Greetings. We have only a tiny number of breeding records of the White-necked Heron in COG’s area of interest.
This afternoon I visited one of my neighbours’ properties where this species is currently breeding. I observed an adult sitting on a nest which is in a tall eucalyptus tree overhanging their bottom dam. One of the landowners saw three adults in flight near the nest earlier in the day. They advise that, on 5 Sep 2021, they first observed two of the herons building the nest. 'Over the next few weeks, we have seen them flying around, being chased by nesting magpies, and flying off when we approach’, they advised. I will add some photographs to the eBird record in due course.
Also … three Oz shelducklings at Trucking Yard Lane dam, Bungendore, this morning, and 12 Plumed Whistling-Ducks at the Bungendore Meadows Dam.
David McDonald
1004 Norton Road, Wamboin NSW 2620, Australia
Tel: (02) 6238 3706 | Mobile: 0416 231 890
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