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Dam birds

March 25, 2013
Purple Swamphen

Purple Swamphen up close

As a follow-up to the recent post on improving the biodiversity of farm dams [see Dam right!], we thought we would put together some pictures of water-birds that we have seen on our dams/wetland near Strath Creek, and which may be found in and around  a fenced-off and well-vegetated farm dam, attracted by the rich diversity of freshwater macroinvertebrates.
Some of the photos are not great quality, but are sufficient for identification – a few were taken with a remote camera and some were photographed at other locations. Birds like the Australian Reed-Warbler and Little Grassbird have proved too quick and elusive among the rushes for our limited photographic skills. Other birds such as Yellow-billed Spoonbill and Great Cormorant have only made sporadic appearances and have also eluded the camera.

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