|Road-killed immature Superb Lyrebird|
We stayed at the Riverside Caravan Park and after booking in explored the town. I have been in the area frequently in the past 5 years deploying and retrieving cameras for the National Parks & Wildlife Service's Wildcount project but hadn't spent much time in the town. It is an interesting town with many old and historic buildings including the Roxy Theatre.
|Bingara viewed from the lookout|
Along one back street we found a yard full of Wallaroos, obviously a wildlife carer's home. On the nature strip of another street were 2-3 Spotted Bowerbirds. They were eating the flatweeds in the lawn. I didn't check the species of weed but they looked like Catsears Hypocheirus sp.
|Spotted Bowerbird feeding on flatweeds Bingara|
The Myall Creek Massacre Memorial was a moving and uplifting event as it remembered a shocking massacre but has resulted in a wonderful act of reconciliation. Check out the website (myallcreek.info) if you want to know more about this part of Australia's history that is often swept under the carpet.
|Indigenous dancers at the ceremony|
On the return trip we travelled via the Copeton Dam and had lunch near the dam wall. Red Wattlebirds, White-plumed Honeyeaters, Superb Fairy-wrens and a White-browed Scrubwren joined us. Leaving the Dam area we found a freshly road-killed Grey Shrike-thrush. The orange-buff eye-brow indicated that it was an immature bird.
All in all a weekend with mixed emotions with the enjoyment of visiting such a nice piece of Australia and seeing some of the local wildlife while remembering the tragic past history of colonization.