ACT Field Visit Part Two – Jerrabomberra Wetlands

As mentioned in my previous post, I visited Canberra this weekend with my parents. After attending a night tour at Mulligans Flat we decided to visit Jerrabomberra Wetlands the following morning.

It was quite windy, so we weren’t sure if we’d see many birds, but we were delighted to find several families of ducks, swans and swamphens, including fuzzy babies of assorted species.

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Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) parents and chicks.

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Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) parents and cygnets.

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Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) parents and ducklings – who raced each other across the pool, then climbed out and snuggled down for a nap.

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Australian wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata)

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Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles).

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White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae).

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Azolla taking over a narrow stream.

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Augmented habitat – an insect hotel.

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I was also terribly amused by the view from the carpark. Canberra is Australia’s national capital city, and twenty minutes drive from the city centre I could see both the iconic Parliament House and Black Mountain Tower with grazing cattle in the foreground.

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