Gerard Satherley

Gerard Satherley

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Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Gum Swamp - Forbes

Gum swamp is situated on the south-western outskirts of Forbes on the Newell Highway (look for the sign). The reserve consists of a large area of open water dotted with dead trees, and surrounding reed beds. This reserve has become an important waterbird refuge as the water is a permanent regulated outflow from the adjacent sewage works.There is a hide that is ideally situated for birders, however most photographers will want to use the track that skirts the south-western side of the swamp.

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Callum Brae

Located on the out skirts of Canberra, Callum Brae Nature Reserve is always worth a visit. As I make return trips I will add more content to this article.

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Tyto Wetlands

If travelling to North Queensland the120 hectareTyto Wetlands should be on your list of must visit places as it offers so much for nature photography.

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Paluma Range National Park is situated at the southern end of the World Heritage Wet Tropics. The village of Paluma is surrounded by the National Park and is ideally situated to explore the park and its unique bird life.Paluma Range National Park Map. There are various accommodation options available, along with BBQ and toilet facilities in the village.

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Lawn Hill National Park

Visited Late July 2010

Lawn Hill National Park (Boodjamulla) is a spectacularly beautiful oasis in a dry outback. There are two sections of Lawn Hill NP.  The well known gorge area with its lush growth and emerald waters has been much photographed. The equally famous Riversleigh section of the park is known for its fossil deposits. Both areas offer something different in terms of the landscape, vegetation and photography opportunities. During my visit there was a mass flowering of eucalypts in the Riversleigh area which attracted a large number of Honeyeaters. The gorge area has added appeal due to the spectacular gorge and river scenery. To really appreciate the beauty of this area you need to get out and take some of the walks and paddle a canoe along Lawn Hill Creek. 

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Kilcowera Station

I first found out about Kilcowera Station  as a potential location for bird photography after reading anarticlesubmitted to Birding-Aus byCarol Probets. She had visited the property in July 2008. The recent heavy rains meant that many of the local roads had only opened to traffic a week or two earlier so it was with some trepidation that we set out on this trip to far south western Qld. The country looked magniificent, so different to the drought parched country we had visited last year.

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Capertee Valley - Brymair Station

21 December 2008

Brymair is a working cattle property in the Northern part of the Capertee Valley (20kms north of Glen Alice) that offers accommodation and bird habitat. The accommodation is in the form of a 4 bedroom rustic cottage (shearers quarters). It has a central lounge with an open fire and a modern bathroom. Sleeps 8, with 3 double and two single beds.
There are some wooded areas on the property, however the bulk of the property is grassland. The owner was very helpful and pointed out some nearby public access areas also suitable for birding. This is the second property listed on Carol Probet's Blue Mountains and Capertee Vly web site,
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North Queensland 2012

 GJS5849-as-Smart-Object-1Overall a very successful three weeks in far north Queensland with plenty of fine weather. In total I managed to photograph 28 new species, not bad when you consider that I got about 30 on my last trip up north a couple of years ago. I also managed to catch up with a few friends from the forum and make a few more. 
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Bowra is closed to visitors during the hot period from 31 October  until 1st March 

For bookings after 1 March, please contact Bowra on (07) 4655 1238 or Peter Crow of Birds Queensland (07) 3398 5118.

April 2009

The TAFE holidays were coming up and Rod Warnock had suggested that I might be interested in a trip to Bowra Station in South West Queensland. It didn’t take too much persuasion and once I had determined to go, my wife also decided it would be a trip not to be missed. We took two days to travel the 1080 kilometres from the Central Coast of NSW. It wasn’t until we got west of Dubbo that the birds started to become noticeably different, with Apostlebirds and many species of Parrot commonly encountered.

Friday, 05 December 2014 11:00

Arron's Birding Hotspots

This list of Bird Photography Spots around Sydney was compiled by my good friend Arron.  See his Flickr site. 

This is my list of top spots for bird photographers around Sydney. I have tried to distinguish between spots which are good for birders and those which are good for bird photographers and concentrate on the latter. Naturally, when anyone prepares a list like this it carries their own preferences and biases. My biases are that I am attracted to the exotic and don’t have much interest in photographing common species no matter how artistic it can be, and that I shoot with a 300mm lens so I need to get close. I should also point out that I have been wandering around these places for about 20 years, but only with a camera in the last 18 months. The usual caveat applies, if you go to a place I mention and have a dud visit, well you are dealing with wild animals so expect unpredictability.The first 6 are my top 6. The remaining 10 are my second level preferences, in no particular order.

Audley Weir. Many experienced birders regard Royal National Park as our premier location, and it is the one most overseas birders coming here seem to know about. When birders say RNP it is most often the Audley area they are talking about. There are four basic areas here. The weir itself is quite good habitat and has good birdlife on it and in the streamside vegetation. A specialty here is azure kingfisher, and it is the only place I know of where they are reliable and in multiples. The picnic grounds have large trees and a surprising variety of birdlife, especially if you can get there before the hordes of picnicers and daytrippers. Naturally, they are inclined to allow a close approach. Lady Carrington Drive leads away from the picnic area through forest on the true right, and is justly famous for birds. Its specialty is the many lyrebirds that are familiar with people and quite confiding. The last area is Wattle Flat, which is on the true left. It is another picnic ground but a bit different because, being a little more remote it is much less popular with the daytrippers. It is mostly surrounded by dry sclerophyll, but there are patches of degraded rainforest along the waterway. All up, it’s a wonderfully diverse environment that is hard to beat for variety and numbers of birds. Photography is easy, you can get away from the picnicers quite easily, and being able to choose either bank of the weir makes it work through all parts of the day.

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