Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Eagleby Wetlands

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.


  1. Thanks for sharing. What season is it there? We are beginning our fall season. I love this time of year. The autumn colors are so bright and vibrant. I hope to post some pictures from the Kettles area here soon.

  2. You certainly did find a neat wetlands area, Diane. Gee--there are TONS of birds there. How neat!!!! I'd love that boardwalk also. Beautiful!!!!

    P.S. You all are just going into spring. Right? We're going into Fall here.

  3. I love Melaleuca and Eucalyptus

  4. The eucalyptus is elegant, to be sure. That is a wonderful place tucked into all that human activity. The black swan is also very elegant.

  5. What a magnificent place to visit Diane. Your photos are fantastic. I've been looking forward to catching up on all your posts. Going to your others right now. Have a great week :)

  6. What a very interesting place and so close to your home ! The pictures are beautiful and the trees look so strange, ready for a horror movie, lol ! I sometimes do the same, I look up the page "What to do in Belgium" and it gives me ideas for photo shoots !

  7. Those are great photos! I love birds...can't count myself as a "bird-watcher" but I really enjoy the birds I have seen - even the little sparrows:-)

    Those wetlands look very interesting - oh the places you go!

  8. I can`t get over how many birds there are at this wetlands....Great pictures Diane....

  9. Such wonderful pictures! The Swamp Hens are fascinating.
    Sunny :)

  10. How do you know the names of all these birds, Mum? Great shots too.
    Luckily we can't share the smell with you!

  11. These photos are so wonderful. Diane, through you wonderful trips and photos I am able to visit such glorious places -- even while in my wheelchair most of the time still.

    You help me feel so much better and remember what a beautiful world out there God has created. Thank you.

    Thanks also for you sweet post on my blog. It was so nice seeing this on there this morning. It made my day for sure.

  12. This is a suburban area to treasure, Diane. It seems well organised so that human activity does not impact bird activity too much. Good to see. I will have to look for places like this around my own backyard, so to speak.

  13. Oh, Diane, what a beautiful area. I love all the trees and walkways. It's fascinating to see all the different types of birds. Thanks for sharing this place.

  14. This wetlands looks like my kind of place, love all the bird photos. Egrets are so pretty. I love all the different trees too, especially the Melalecua tree.

  15. How great to have such a wonderful place so close and easy to visit. Great to be able to go home for tea!

  16. What a great resource!