Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Gum Swamp - Forbes

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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.

Apart from the obvious attraction of the wetlands the adjacent grey box woodland is also worth checking out.

The birds list for this reserve is extensive, for me the highlights were:

Freckled Duck - one of the more reliable spots to see this rare species
Pink-eared Duck
Blue-billed Duck
Baillon's Crake
Clamorous Reed Warbler
White-bellied Sea Eagles  -  nesting
Peregrine Falcon
Whistling Kite
Rainbow Bee-eater
Sacred Kingfisher
White-winged Choughs
Black-fronted Plover