Nursery Swamp, Namadgi National Park

On 15 February 2015 I did the walk to Nursery Swamp from the Nursery Swamp carpark on Orroral Road. It’s an easy 10km return walk with overall elevation gain of 400 metres.

Nursery Swamp track on Google Earth

I was expecting to see a snake or two given Nursery Swamp is a fen or peaty wetland, but I didn’t get too close to have a look.

While adding details to OpenStreetMap for the area yesterday it’s quite interesting to see how distinct the trails are left by kangaroos and other animals moving through the dense sedge vegetation of the fen as opposed to the surrounding grassland; makes it easy to define the outline of the swamp from satellite imagery:

Nursery Swamp © Microsoft Bing

I’m terrible with identifying all the little grey and brown birds, but Grey Fantails were numerous:

Grey Fantail

Being late summer there were also a lot of juveniles with their immature plumage which made ID even harder; thanks to the COG members who identified this immature Golden Whistler:

Golden Whistler, immature

These young Cunningham’s Skinks weren’t too wary and frequently popped out for some sunshine while mum hid deep within the fractured granite boulder:

Cunningham's Skink

The Dusky Woodswallows were interesting to watch and spent most of their time flying around hundreds of metres above me so I didn’t get any decent photos of them.

Also saw Spotted Pardalotes, Gang-gang Cockatoos, Silvereyes, Striated Thornbill, White-eared and Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, immature Crimson Rosellas, Eastern Yellow Robins, Grey Shrike-thrush and White-throated Treecreepers.

Imm. Grey Shrike-thrush?

There was a picnic table about half-way along the track, a seat further along and another seat right at the end of the track overlooking the fen from the shade of a cluster of trees in the middle of a grassy expanse.

Nursery Swamp

Map of Nursery Swamp Track on OpenStreetMap.

See John Evan’s blog for information on climbing the nearby Nursery Hill and Aboriginal rock art.

There are two geocaches on the track and more nearby.


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