Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 29, 2010

Macquarie Marshes

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 12:45 am

Willie Retreat

Willie Retreat is one hundred kilometers from Warren in the Central West of New South Wales along the Carinda Road. Turn right at the Gibson Way and its about a couple of kilometers up that road. I was there last year at Easter but this year it was heaps hotter. I ended up getting dehydration which curtailed a lot of my activity. I ended up having to leave early to get some electrolytes. Dehydration is not something that you mess with. There were millions of grasshoppers around and the birds were feasting on them. The Apostlebirds were funny jumping around trying to catch them in the air when they jumped.

Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea)

I could not decide on just one photo of the Apostlebirds so I posted two. I love these birds. I could watch them for days. They are like a constant comedy the way they grizzle and fight and jump around all over the place.


A pair of Sacred Kingfisher were flying around all over the place, mainly darting into the mini-wetland to see if they could catch something. A mob of Grey-crowned Babblers were constantly coming in and around my camp and at one stage I put some water into some bowls and they were washing and drinking about three meters from me.

Grey-crowned Babbler
Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis)

I was really disappointed that I got sick and could not spend more time here. The place is thick with birds and it is very green after all the recent rains.

Macquarie Marshes bird list

Grey-crowned Babbler
Brown Treecreeper
Crested Pigeon
Willy Wagtail
Red-winged Parrot
Red-rumped Parrot
White-plumed HOneyeater
Little Friarbird
Sacred Kingfisher
Australian Magpie
Welcome Swallow
Australian Raven
Pied Cormorant
Australian White Ibis
Restless Flycatcher


  1. I could watch the shenanigans of Apostlebirds all day!

    Comment by Mark Young — March 30, 2010 @ 12:07 am

  2. there is a movie in them for sure, or a TV series.

    Comment by admin — March 30, 2010 @ 1:40 am

  3. Who’s a naughty boy not keeping the fluids up???? Hope you’re feeling better. Dehydration headaches suck, but they are a warning of worse things to come if you don’t drink lots. Plus it messes up your bird outings.

    Comment by Lucky — March 30, 2010 @ 2:28 am

  4. Thanks lucky.
    its not so much the fluids as the salts that you lose i reckon.
    i had drunk heaps. sweating causes the electrolytes to come out of the body.
    anyway it has been raining heaps so the marshes would be a quagmire anyway. thats my rationalisation for what happened.


    Comment by admin — March 30, 2010 @ 9:48 am

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