Cootamundra-Junee (NSW): 16 June 2007 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Subject: Cootamundra-Junee (NSW): 16 June 2007 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 08:39:45 +1000

I spent Saturday visiting some birding spots in the Cootamundra-Junee area
on the south west slopes of NSW. On the drive out from Canberra I passed a
Peregrine Falcon on a kill in a paddock by Little Bedulluck Creek along the
Barton Highway.

A major highlight was close-up views of a Black-chinned Honeyeater in the
Migurra Reserve car park near Bethungra. A km up the road there was no sign
of any Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters at the usual site by the railway.

At Bethungra Reserve (aka Lake Bethungra) there was an awesome collection
of birds including 1 Australian Shelduck, 9 Musk Duck, 1 Black-winged Stilt
, 9 Black-fronted Dotterel, 11 Shoveler, 1 Hardhead, 4 Flame Robins, 6
White-browed Babblers, 1 Whistling Kite and a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring
over the Ulandra Range. A quick wander along the Murumbang Interpretative
Walk in downtown Ganmain only revealed a single Peaceful Dove.

Near Ilabo there were 2 Yellow-billed Spoonbills on a dam by the roadside.
At Junee STW a count of the resident? Plumed Whistling-Ducks produced about
50. Right on dusk at the 'Junee Urban Wetland & Boardwalk' I found 2 Little
Grassbirds and 3 Purple Swamphen among the common waterbirds. And on the
drive home I passed a Tawny Frogmouth hunting along Wantiool Creek just
outside of Junee.


Marnix Zwankhuizen
Senior Analyst/Programmer
Australian Electoral Commission

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