Murray Lagoon has the best bird viewing in winter and spring when the migratory birds land. Expect to see stilts, Sharp- tailed Sandpipers and other waders on the mudflats around Timber Creek bird walk and countless swans, ducks, ibis, grebe, and coots from the Bald Hill Lookout. Early morning or evening will usually give the most sightings. Superb Fairy Wrens are often seen at the start of the Timber Creek walk.
Other locals are the Mopoke whose call rings out musically at night and the eerie call of the Curlew. There is a resident Peafowl colony. At night you can often hear the screech of a Barn Owl. Our skies have the kestrel hovering; the Black-shouldered Kite perched on a bare limb up high and Swamp Harriers. There is a pair of Peregrine Falcons in the area as well as the larger Wedge-tailed Eagles and sometimes a White-bellied Sea Eagle.
At the Timber Creek bridge, you may see Musk Duck or grebe. The chicks with red heads and yellow beaks belong to the coots but are often hard to see. Occasionally the Blue-billed Duck can be seen from the bridge as well. Both Yellow-billed and Royal Spoonbills also use the swamps as feeding grounds and in some years large numbers of Pink- eared Duck breed here.
Pat Brooksby (Pat’s unedited version is available as a download.)
At the Eastern end of the bay, which is more remote, Shag Rock is home to Crested and Caspian Terns, Pied, Black-faced and Little Pied Cormorants. A White-bellied Sea Eagle regularly flies overhead. In spring, Shelducks and occasionally swans from nearby lagoons hang out on the water. Sometimes a White-faced Heron can be seen near the rock pools and the resident Hooded Plovers are guaranteed of little human disruption.
Ruth de la Lande