After an extended dry period, Bells Swamp has now flooded so extensivley that it has swallowed up the main road as well. The large extent of water has encouraged a wide range of birds and the former main road provides an easy, dry walk right through the centre of the swamp allowing visitors to enjoy the watery environment without getting wet feet.
Side roads, however, have disappeared under the flooding waters.
A wide range of birds abound and the air is alive with calls and activity. A sample of common birds follows.
Long-billed Corella Cacatua tenuirostris is typical bird of the open country and edges of the forests and swamps. Generally moves around in flocks, calling loudly. With large groups the noise can be deafening! These birds roost in the big gums around the swamp.
Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae is a small, but very cute diving bird. Often dives and appears a long way off after 30 seconds or more underwater.
At Bells Swamp the Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnu can be seen as often on the ground foraging as it is in the trees creeping up trunks in search of food.