Every opportunity I get to visit Canberra I jump at, I really do love the woodlands in the area and the city is very nice. Recently my wife wanted to visit the handmade markets at Exhibition Park in Canberra which started at 10am. My brain quickly worked out if we left home at 6am I could get an hours birding before we went. My wife agreed and off we went.
If you have never heard of Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary I highly recommend you check out the website here. It is a sanctuary that is surrounded by a 11.5km feral-proof fence which keeps out feral animals such as cats and foxes. They have re-introduced many threatened species into the Sanctuary including Bush-stone Curlews.
There are a number of entry points into the sanctuary via gates in the fence. I usually park on Eric Wright St in Forde. The area immediately before the fence is a great spot to photograph Eastern Grey Kangaroos as they are tame and the woodland is nice open habitat.
I then walked south to check out the Dam. On the way I observed a number of Swamp Wallabies and Red-necked Wallabies. They were pretty tame allowing photo opportunities, I didn’t have much time so I powered south.
On arrival at the Dam I was surprised to see it was very low with only about a 5-10m width at the western end. Most of the dead trees in the swamp were exposed. I noticed a high number of the beautiful Eastern Rosellas flying around with some coming to drink from the dam. I spotted one bird which appeared to be looking for a hollow in a tree. I walked slowly hand holding my camera and took a number of shots as I approached. I was surprised the bird did not fly away which is usual practice for this species. I managed some of my best shots of this species which was a bonus.
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