7:00am start to pop in a quick session of birding before breakfast. We headed up into the hills in subzero temperatures, our guide freaking out because the windscreen iced over and he had never seen that before. Clearly he's never been to Central West NSW.
We birded the roadside, picking up one new species, Drakensberg Prinia, and getting much better views of a few species we'd already encountered like Southern Bald Ibis and Cape Longclaw with their brilliant orange throats. We also checked out the wetland where we saw lots of African Snipe and picked up another two species for our list; Hottentot Teal and Little Bittern (a very hard bird to see especially in winter).
Another delicious breakfast at Wetlands Guesthouse, including creamed spinach, potato bake and nightshade jam. Yum!
To finish the day we got a new mammal, the dainty Red Duiker (rhymes with baker, Dutch for 'diver'). Very nice.
Dinner was baked cheese, followed by beef stew in a traditional three-legged potjie, and pear poached in red wine for dessert. So good.