February 2018 Field Visit – Yanco

I don’t seem to be off to a good start with field visits in 2018.

After last month’s failure, I decided to try again to find Turkey Flat wetlands, near Yanco. Despite a dearth of signposting, I succeeded this time.

Only I guess late February is not really the best time to visit a small ephemeral wetland…

So I suppose I’ll just have to try again later in the year.

I do like the design of this bird hide though – lots of small windows at different heights, so people tall, short, and seated can all join the birdwatching fun. I must remember to bring my own chair when I return.

I did see these ibises wheeling nearby on my way in, which is always fun to watch, and hard to photograph – they look like they’re moving slowly in a big cloud of birds in more-or-less one spot, until you try to get your camera lined up for a photo. Most of the ibises in this group are Straw-necked Ibises (Threskiornis spinicollis), but there’s a couple of White Ibises (Threskiornis molucca) in there too.

Last month I mentioned Sir Samuel McCaughey, and I said I would take photos of the statue of him in the Yanco park, the next time I was in the area, so I stopped into the park to take some pics (he is shading his eyes whilst surveying the landscape).

There’s a lovely little pond in the middle of the park, which is home to assorted water birds, including these Dusky Moorhens (Gallinula tenebrosa) and Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata).

I decided to head home via Forest Drive in MIA 1.

The last time I tried Forest Drive, the road was badly damaged due to flooding and people driving through while the ground was still wet and soft. Not long after that visit I was told that the National Parks and Wildlife Service were planning to go in and fix the roads, and I can now report that they did an excellent job. There’s a bit of minor rutting in a few places, and the odd pothole, which may well have formed since the work was done, but the road was mostly smooth, and completely passable, and I drove the full length without any trouble at all, in my little two-wheel-drive Camry.

Along the way, I saw:

A couple of Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus).

A whole slew of similarly-size little stumps. The site used to be State Forest, so I’m guessing the stumps were either the result of thinning operations or pole-cutting at some point.

Lots of River Red Gum trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis).

 

The occasional Casuarina tree.

And some very delicate webbing in the grass.

Onward to March, and hopefully more fruitful wildlife-watching. See you then.

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