Macquarie Marshes trip Easter

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Subject: Macquarie Marshes trip Easter
From: "Peter and Jenny Farrell" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 10:38:36 +1000
Memorable sightings on recent trip to the Macquarie Marshes - north west NSW

6 Ground Cockoo-shrikes in the front paddock of Willie Retreat near the gate
on one of the early morning walks, and a Little Cuckoo-shrike in dark phase,
a most interesting looking bird. Black-chinned and Beautiful-firetails about
2 feet away at the Retreat drinking from a puddle in the early morning sun.
White-winged wrens, Blue Bonnets, Red-wings, Ringnecks
In the Nature Reserve/marshes, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, Shelduck,
Pink-eared, Shoveller, Spotted Crake, Brolga, Owlet Nightjar and all the
Brolga at Monkeygar, no Bittern, Buff-banded Rail. Night Herons at the
Terrigal, new observation platform great.
Dusky Woodswallows clumping on a tree at dusk  (just like on Wingspan) when
we were practicing our barking for the owl, no owl.
And for me best trip memories, Alice Geering (aged 7) spotting a female
Red-capped Robin and identifying it before all the "oldies" even had their
binos on it and wonderful long views of a White-browed Woodswallow posing on
an old Red Gum, such a beautiful bird.


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