Wanniassa Hills NR & Fadden Ponds

Sun 25 June 2017 08:00am

Ryu Callaway

Arrive by 8am at Fadden Hills Pond located on the corner of Bugden Ave and Nicklin Cres. There are no proper parking arrangements in the area – note that the gravel parking near the tennis courts is for tennis club members only. I suggest you park along Stopford Cres or Nicklin Cres out of the way, and carpool if possible. We will spend some time loitering around the pond. A Spotless Crake was recorded last year although it is unlikely now due to work completed early this year to remove excess silt. The tree-lined creek occasionally presents some nice birds like Rose Robin, and there is a new bird mural to admire on the pump station.


We will then walk through Wanniassa Hills NR, doing a loop of the SW section before checking out a small dam. Mixed feeding flocks abound here over winter, and we can expect to get some very close-up views of Golden Whistler, White-eared Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, pardalotes and a range of thornbills. Be prepared for some mildly steep and rocky sections; the exact route will depend on the movement of these flocks. We will return via the southernmost peak (the smallest but also with the best views). This may be a good opportunity for a quick snack while taking in the breathtaking views of Tuggeranong and the Brindabellas, with the possibility of a raptor or two. The whole morning should take about 3 hours, give or take an hour.


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