We plugged in to power at the woolshed but there were other campers in the shearers quarters and the cottage, and a few hardy souls camped by the lagoon. All the campers (about 15 in all) were birdwatchers, and we all spent our days looking for birds around the campsite or out on the roads that criss-cross the large property. At breakfast I enjoyed the company of Jacky Winters, Spotted Bowerbirds, Pipits, Emus, Peaceful Doves, Little Friarbirds and Double-banded Finches and Zebra Finches.
|The lagoon near Bowra headquarters.|
Each night the volunteer managers, Mike and Jane, conducted a bird call where all bird species seen during the day were recorded on a database. The elusive Bourke's Parrot was the target species (and most visitors were able to spot them) but other birds seen included nesting Red-browed Pardalote, Crested Bellbird, Square-tailed Kite, Painted Honeyeater, Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Spotted Bowerbird, Bustard ... and about 80 other birds.
It's a great spot with a variety of habitats, and about a million kangaroos and emus. That might be an exaggeration.
|Hop bush seed capsules?|
|Spotted Bowerbird's bower|
|Small fish in a bore drain (they're almost transparent so ignore their shadows).|
|Yellow-billed Spoonbills perched on one leg (each).|