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:
I’m terrible with identifying all the little grey and brown birds, but Grey Fantails were numerous:
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:
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:
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.
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.
Map of Nursery Swamp Track on OpenStreetMap.
There are two geocaches on the track and more nearby.
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