Saturday, 28 January 2017

Macleod Morass

Macleod Morass

Macleod Morass is a 520 hectare freshwater marsh, located just south of Bairnsdale. The morass abounds with wildlife, particularly water birds. Macleod Morass is an internationally recognized Ramsar site.

To get to Macleod Morass, drive down Forge Creek Rd, and turn left onto Bosworth Rd at the roundabout near Vegco. drive down a steep hill, and the morass is on your right. The bridge over the creek is currently closed, so there is no access from the other side. There is a large car park area, so parking is never any problem. It should be noted that Macleod Morass is a game reserve, so be aware of whats going on around you during duck season. 

Darter

Royal Spoonbill

There are two bird hides at Macleod Morass. One is on a board walk on the left of the main track that runs through the morass. The second hide is at the end of a 420 metre board walk that runs out towards the centre of the morass.
Macleod Morass

Birds that can be seen at Macleod Morass are: Spoonbills, ibis, Swamp Harrier, Australasian Swamphen, a variety of duck species, cormorants, Darter and Little Grass Bird. A complete list can be seen here. http://www.birdlife.org.au/images/uploads/branches/documents/EG_Macleod_Morass_Bird_List_Brochure.pdf

The main track going though the morass

Black swans

The start of one of the walks

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