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This freshwater swamp is located in McPherson Road, Tuggerah. Access is best from Gavenlock Road opposite the church. From here there is an informal track that makes its way to the southern side of the main pond. I understand that this land is owned by a developer with no current restrictions on access.

Birds commonly seen, though they may be seasonal:

Black Swan, Hoary-headed Grebe, Australasian Grebe, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Chestnut Teal, Hardhead, Pink-eared duck, Freckled Duck, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow Spoonbill, Australian Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Latham's Snipe, Black-fronted Dotterel, Red-kneed Dotterel, White-headed Stilt, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Superb Fairy-wren, Southern Emu-wren, Red-browed Finch, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Tawny Grassbird, Little Grassbird, Golden-headed Cisticola, Purple Swamphen, Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Black-shouldered Kite, Whistling Kite, Swamp Harrier, Dollarbird.

Reliable site for: Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, Tawny Grassbird, Swamp Harrier.

Eremaea Birds - McPhersons Road Swamp Bird Lists



Good light direction can be obtained in both the morning and afternoon, though morning light probably yields the best opportunities. The shallow edges of the various water bodies allow a low shooting angle at all locations. Waders and some sort of float to support your camera will allow access to water birds in remoter parts of the swamp. The mud can be very sticky and deep in parts, so take care. Some of the neigbours put seed out for the birds so watch out for the Mannikins around these areas.