Last week my husband and I were on holidays. Our brother and sister-in-law were getting married in Canberra at the end of the week, and what a great excuse for a road trip! Of course my hubby’s road trip was based around mountain biking, and mine around birding; but they’re surprisingly compatible and we had an amazing time exploring the coast from Melbourne to Tathra then inland NSW and ACT. Here are some of my bird adventures.
6th July 2015: I’ve been wanting to check out the wetland boardwalk at Sale for a few years, and finally we got there!
A mistake by me meant we went the super long way round, nearly 7 kilometres!!! I still can’t believe I made it, and my husband is extremely relieved that he didn’t end up carrying me! I’ve been working on my fitness lately but I would never have tackled that intentionally! It was very fortunate that the boardwalk adventure coinciding with a day when I was a bit manic, so I could manage it.
Luckily it didn’t rain on us; the sky looked pretty threatening and the forecast wasn’t looking good. Fortunately there were just short light showers and drizzle then it would clear again.
The boardwalk is truly awesome, but a word of advice: walk along the first boardwalk then walk back to the start; same goes for the second boardwalk! Don’t try to do the loop; seriously chafed legs were the result for me.
But, success! A lifer in the gorgeous and seriously fast Silver eye! Yay!
We had incredible views of Black Shouldered and Whistling Kites, which was very exciting!
One of my favourites for the day was a stunning Great Egret. Due to the bright white colour against a gloomy day we could see the egret from both sides of the wetland!!
Some of the highlights were: feeding Sulfur Crested Cockatoos,
a White Throated Treecreeper,
plenty of Grey Shrike-Thrush, one with a caterpillar
Fairy Wrens dancing on the algae/moss covering of the river without falling through, so light and agile! This is an Eclipse Male, meaning a juvenile fairy wren morphing into a male with full blue plumage…you can see it starting to come out,
a Pelican filter feeding in the river, dragging along the edge of the bank then using its enormous beak to filter the contents
and an Australian Darter drying out after a swim.
I’d highly recommend the boardwalks; you’ll have a ball!
Next stop just past Swan Reach at Colquhoun Mountain Bike Park. Hubby set off in the rain and chill conditions because, you know, it’s a bike path! I had planned to bird watch around the path but actually it was pretty wet and cold so I changed my mind to sit in the car. I thought I’d watch a DVD to pass the hour but I turned on my laptop and remembered it had 7% battery from when I last had it on before leaving home. Annoying but oh well, I’ll borrow hubby’s…oh great, it has 10%! So radio it is!
Next stop, Lakes Entrance.