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Birds at the Burren Junction Bore Bath

At the Burren Junction Bore Bath, an artificial artesian bore bath on the outskirts of Burren Junction, NSW, the following bird species were spotted by us from June 2012 until now. They are listed here in four categories, according to the timing of their sightings. In some cases the categorisation indicates a trend. At the Burren Junction Bore Bath there is a dam for birds, with a central island refuge. In addition, there is an overflow pond for times when the bath is in operation. During the winter months, when the bath is closed, that pond is usually dry. Bird species that are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered, if any, are marked as such.

Bird species we have seen breeding at Burren Junction Bore Bath (with at least a photo of a nest or nest entrance) are marked with a clickable superscript "N", leading to the relevant breeding information.

The Burren Junction Bore Bath is listed as a "birding hotspot" on .

Any time of year Spring/summer Autumn/winter Irregular or infrequent
Australian Wood Duck

Pink-eared Duck

Grey Teal N

Australasian Grebe N

Hoary-headed Grebe

White-necked Heron N

Nankeen Kestrel

Dusky Moorhen

Purple Swamphen

Eurasian Coot

Black-tailed Native-hen

Masked Lapwing

Banded Lapwing

Black-winged Stilt

Red-necked Avocet

Black-fronted Dotterel

Red-kneed Dotterel

Crested Pigeon



Blue Bonnet

Red-rumped Parrot

White-winged Fairy-wren

Yellow-throated Miner

Willie Wagtail


Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Australian Raven

Australasian Pipit

Welcome Swallow

Australian Reed-Warbler

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Golden-headed Cisticola

Little Grassbird

Brown Quail

Stubble Quail


Pacific Black Duck

Australasian Shoveler

Plumed Whistling-Duck N

Australian Pelican

Great Cormorant

Australasian Darter

Straw-necked Ibis

Great Egret

Cattle Egret

White-faced Heron

Rufous (Nankeen) Night Heron

Australian White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Royal Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Black Kite

Whistling Kite

Black-shouldered Kite

Spotted Harrier

Brown Falcon

Latham's Snipe

Red-necked Stint

Marsh Sandpiper

Whiskered Tern

Diamond Dove

Little Corella

Mallee Ringneck

Laughing Kookaburra

Purple-backed Fairy-wren

Western Gerygone

Blue-faced Honeyeater

White-plumed Honeyeater

Crimson Chat

Grey-crowned Babbler

Restless Flycatcher

White-winged Triller

White-browed Woodswallow

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Grey Butcherbird


Zebra Finch

Plum-headed Finch

Fairy Martin

Brown Songlark

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Any time of year Spring/summer Autumn/winter Irregular or infrequent

Triangular dam at the Burren Junction Bore Bath, with a central bird refuge island; the dam is filled with water overflowing from the artesian bath that is not routed into the overflow pond

Overview of the overflow pond at the Burren Junction Bore Bath; at the time this photo was taken the water level was low and only some dabbling ducks were present

When there is enough water in the overflow pond of the Burren Junction Bore Bath, diving ducks such as these Hardheads will stay there

Conversation between two White-necked Herons: "Look, there's a tree!" "Awesome! And it's got a fork too - let's go and nest there!" - here the nest with 3(?) near fledging age chicks in it (December 2020)