Tidbinbilla: Rob Wignell

Tidbinbilla: Rob Wignell

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The Tidbinbilla area was severely damaged in the January fires and has been closed to visitors until recently.  Now that it has re-opened the visitor fee has been suspended for the remainder of this year.

There are numerous walking trails at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve so it is impossible for slow moving people like photographers to cover the whole area in a few hours.  

I have been told that many of the normal population of birds haven’t yet returned but that there are numerous waterbirds in the lakes and the possibility of spotting a platypus is always there.

I have only been to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve a few times and have tended to walk around the higher level ponds.  This year I plan to take pot luck by taking a lower route but I am not at all certain what it will be. 

See Tidbinbilla Brochure which includes a map of how to get there (page 2) and a map of the walks (page 4).

Things to photograph

The Australian bushland is challenging to photograph but there are often lots of interesting small things.  If you can get down low to the ground, or up close to bushes, logs or trees, it is surprising what small flowers, insects and other animals are hiding in plain sight, waiting for us to discover them.  I am going to use a 70-300mm lens.   It has a moderate close-up facility and is OK for photographing larger birds.  

Things to bring

Bring a folding chair, something to eat and something to drink so that we can have a self sufficient and safely distanced chat at the end of our photo wander. 


Plan to arrive at 9:15 for a 9:30 start.
Return to the car park for refreshments and a chat at 11:00