To celebrate World Wetlands Day, WetlandCare Australia, with CEN's Waterwatch project supported by the Pioneer Dairy Trust, Community Environment Network and Birding N.S.W., had organized a Breakfast with the Birds event at this property . Though it is not yet generally open to the public, this opportunity for all is destined by late July this year.
The weather during the week had been one with continuous rains and the grounds were well sodden. Most arrived for the 8 a.m. start wearing gum-boots or other heavy-duty footwear; wise move. Visitors were organized into smaller groups and set off in differing directions to see what bird-life they might encounter.
A wonderful telescope stands idle for a moment; it had x60 magnification I think and with a Swarovski lens; my goodness I hadn't known they not only make sparklies, but lenses too! What fun it was to see the crisp, clear picture, as if hardly any distance between us and the water-birds at all. Thanks to a very generous Central Coast Birding group member for having carried it along with her all morning, and made it available to us.
Way out there, is the Plumed Whistling Duck Dendrocygna eytoni.
..trying to get a better image to share now with some cropping
Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa