Capricorn Coast Birds
  Duckpond Environmental Reserve  
This reserve conserves a 20ha section of the Fitzroy River floodplain, is an important natural wetland, conserving biodiversity for the people of the Rockhampton region by providing habitat for native wildlife. The area was first gazetted as a Reserve in 1872 and was formally declared an Environmental Reserve in 2001. The Reserve is held in joint trust by the Capricorn Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, the Department of Natural Resources and Rockhampton Regional Council.
The Duckpond, after which the reserve is named, the abundance of birdlife and its proximity to Rockhampton make the reserve an easily accessible and rewarding place to observe and photograph the many species that are resident, regular visitors or seasonal migrants.
Scrubby Creek forms one of the reserves boundaries, on and around the lagoon and Scrubby Creek there is usually a wide variety of duck species such as Cotton Pygmy Geese, Hardheads, Grey Teals and Black Ducks. Other water birds found here are Egrets, Herons, Coots, Swamphens, Grebes and Cormorants.
Much of the reserve is open grassy woodland, the woodland is home to many birds, among them are Whistlers, Flycatchers, Cuckoos, Honeyeaters, Blue-winged Kookaburras, Kingfishers, Rosellas, Lorikeets and Cockatoos while Finches, Fairy-wrens, Cisticolas and Grassbirds thrive in the grass and reeds.
A Golden-headed Cisticola in non breeding plumage, these are always present and are fairly relaxed about the presence of people, around the car park at the Duckpond is the the best place I have come across to see these bold and lively little birds.
A movement in the grass drew my attention to these two Golden-headed Cisticola fledgelings snuggled together on a twig, they would have been just out of the nest and look 'plum tuckered out' by the effort, and excitement, of learning to get about in the world.
A male Red-backed Fairy-wren in characteristic pose, small flocks of these are always present at the reserve and it's a great delight to see them moving across the grass and through the shrubs and trees, often in company with other small birds such as Cisticolas and Double-barred Finches.
A female Red-backed Fairy-wren, young birds are similar, the reserve is the best place in our region to find Red-Backed Fairy-wrens, you don't need to look for them, they just appear around the car park or as you walk the tracks, the same is true of the other small birds.
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