Favourite Sewage Farms

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Subject: Favourite Sewage Farms
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 11:35:08 +1000
Just have to put in my bit for the Jerrabombera Sewage Treatment Works in

Easy access, off Dairy Flat Road, with parking and visitors' book, easy
footpaths around all the ponds.

Last weekend I was there and saw:

Black Swan
Black Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Pink-eared Duck
Blue-billed Duck
Hoary-headed Grebe
Australasian Grebe

Excellent place to take people for easy, close-up views of a range of
waterfowl spp.

And these are all pretty regular, with Blue-billed Duck breeding. Freckled
Duck and Musk Duck are seem occasionally. These ponds, and Jerrabombera
Wetlands across the road, are great for cormorants, crakes, pelicans, some
waders, depending on the water-levels &c Little Eagles seen regularly....

John Leonard

On 5/3/06, Chris Sanderson <> wrote:

Derby Sewage Works definitely deserve a mention.  There is the ponds
themselves, which have a viewing tower that provides great visibility
(though only if you have a scope), and there is an overflow pond out the
back that provides a green oasis amongst the salt scalded intertidal area
near the mouth of the Fitzroy River.  This was fantastic when I was there
with Stilts, Avocets, Sharpies, Long-toed Stint, etc. plus many ducks and
other waterbirds.

Broome is definitely the better of the two in my experience.  Wood and
Sandpipers, Sharpies, both Dotterels, and Stilts were common, as were
Whiskered Terns, Royal Spoonbills, and hundreds of Plumed Whistling Ducks.
Regular rarities included Long-toed Stint, Yellow Wagtails and Swinhoes
Snipe (and Pin-tailed if you can catch them), as well as being one of the
best places in Broome for honeyeaters and finches.

I put my vote in for both of the above.


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