Jerrabomberra Wetlands - birds and a snake

To: birdingaus <>
Subject: Jerrabomberra Wetlands - birds and a snake
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 03:22:45 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

I wanted to pass a long a warning for anyone visiting the Kelly's Swamp (Dairy 
Rd) end of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.  There's a large brown snake which 
appears to have taken up residence under the "Bittern" hide which is the first 
one to the left of the car park entrance.  I saw it sunning on the path right 
across the hide entrance today.  So if visiting the area please watch out for 
brown snakes.

I think they have been attracted by the rabbits more than the birds, but it 
looks like some birds have been roosting in the hides, and that may be an 
opportunity for the snake to hunt at night.

I also saw two kingfishers near the bridge below the silt trap.  One was 
definitely an adult Sacred Kingfisher (definite buff breast and distinctive 
call), but the other looked like a Forest Kingfisher.  Unfortunately the latter 
was partly obscured by the trees, but didn't seem to have any green on the 
back, and the breast appeared white.  I have really got to get a better pair of 
binoculars!  My bird books sem to indicate that Canberra is too far inland for 
a Forest Kingfisher.


"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours."
Richard Bach, "Illusions"

Rob Geraghty

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