Seaham Wetland, Hunter Valley, NSW

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Subject: Seaham Wetland, Hunter Valley, NSW
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 20:48:07 +1000
Dear all

Spent an hour at Seaham on way back from some necessary shopping in East Maitland. On arrival as getting out the car I heard some loud hoarse croaks coming from the water, and saw a Nankeen Night-heron flying in circles over the centre, then settling on a low stump in the middle of the water. On closer look, there were six adult herons sitting in two close-together dead trees in the water, and on two low stumps nearby, two pairs of adult herons, standing very close together. On a further bit of dead wood, was one juvenile heron, all out in the full midday sun. One pair of adults were standing with bills and necks stretched high. Presumably this was courting behaviour. Later, they all flew off to surrounding living trees. Then the Council guys also turned up at the hide area to start mowing so had to move off quickly, to walk around the back, but nothing else unusual.

Also present were 11 Royal Spoonbills and no Cattle Egret - in fact driving back along the Williams River valley, very few Cattle Egret. We have more in the Gloucester Valley.

At the the start of the track at the back, were a good number of Caladenia orchids, pale pink.


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