Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hasties Swamp - Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge

So today we were heading to our next digs at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge - another excellent place to stay. But first, on a tip off from Andrew, we headed to a nearby site where we spent rather too long getting on a group of Blue-faced Parrotfinches. We picked them up as soon as we arrived but they disappeared almost instantly and then we had to track them down in the tall grass along a stretch of woodland. We also saw our first White-cheeked Honeyeater here as well. 

Then we headed off and drove for a while to the excellent Hasties Swamp - the best wetland we visited on the entire trip. It was choc full of birds with thousands of Plumed Whistling-Ducks, Magpie Geese, Pink-eared Ducks, and loads of other common wildfowl.

Pink-eared Ducks were common here...

Plumed Whistling-Ducks

We also enjoyed views of Swamp Harrier and Whistling Kites here as well.... It was hard to drag ourselves away but we wanted to get to Chambers and check into our lodge and explore the grounds. And what a place this was, situated in its own rainforest. We spent the afternoon exploring the grounds and just chilling. After dark we visited the mammal viewing platform and saw a Sugar Glider feeding on some honey poured on a tree trunk...

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