I was looking through my file of interesting places to visit when a newspaper clipping headline caught my eye. "Eagleby Wetland is a top spot for a nature photographer and a dream destination for birdwatchers." As Eagleby is only about 15 mins down the road by car we tootled off yesterday to find the wetland.It is a magic little pocket of nature surrounded by suburb, sports complex and a smelly sewerage treatment plant.
There were many many water birds.
Egrets and Little Black Cormorants
"Hey anything worth digging for in the slimy marshy water?" say the Swamphens.
A lone Black Swan enjoys the company of the ducks, Wood, Hardhead and Pacific Black.
After the Bird Hide Walk we chose the Melaleuca Board Walk.
Melaleuca trees belong to the Myrtle family. There are about 200 species native to Australia. The larger trees have a flaky bark and are often called "Paper Bark Trees". They are evergreens and have a flower that looks like a bottle brush. They grow in forests but love swampy areas too.
Hundreds of ducks
More Melaleucas, old, twisted, gnarled into interesting shapes.
BB is thinking of afternoon tea and is heading back to the car, past this elegant Eucalyptus.