Thursday, August 5, 2010

University of Newcastle


Dusky Moorhen



207_1 Magpie Goose

Map picture

The University is on what was originally part of the extensive Hunter River Estuary wetlands, and still retains ponds and swamps, which after the month of rain are brimming with water and full of overflow birds from the Hunter Wetlands Centre on the other side of Sandgate Road.

The swamps are the source of the giant mosquitoes that terrorise visitors and new students but they also make for a wonderful campus environment with pleasant lunchtime walks – fully coated in repellent, of course.

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