Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Spotted Crake
Leeton is actually a top spot, I discovered on my first visit. Walking/cycling tracks run for miles, there are great little coffee shops and restaurants, excellent state parks and wonderful landscapes and two Ramsar listed wetlands of international importance. Best visited in the warmer months when thousands of migratory birds call the area home, even in the middle of winter there was plenty to see (although this winter was unusual as there was still quite a lot of water after last years floods, the wetlands can be dry at this time).

The facilities at  Fivebough and Tuckerbill Swamps suffered quite a bit of damage during the floods but the walking tracks, hides, and seating have been rebuilt. It was woolly hat cold when I was there but the walks were pleasant in the morning sun.

Bird list:
Brown Quail
Black Swan
Australian Wood Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Pacific Black Duck            
Australasian Grebe
Rock Dove
Common Bronzewing
Crested Pigeon
Peaceful Dove
Australasian Darter
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
White-necked Heron
Eastern Great Egret
White-faced Heron
Little Egret
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
Swamp Harrier
Little Eagle
Nankeen Kestrel
Brown Falcon
Purple Swamphen
Australian Spotted Crake
Black-tailed Native-hen
Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot
Black-winged Stilt
Red-necked Avocet
Red-capped Plover
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Masked Lapwing
Caspian Tern
Silver Gull
Laughing Kookaburra
Superb Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren
Yellow Thombill
Yellow-rumped Thombill
Striated Pardalote
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Friarbird
Rufous Whistler
Grey Butcherbird
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Pied Currawong
Grey Fantail
Willie Wagtail
Australian Raven
Common Starling
Zebra Finch