John Masters Bird Hide
The John Masters Bird Hide, the first of a series of bird hides along the Avon River, was officially opened on Saturday 10th August, in Lloyd Reserve, next to Red Banks Pool.
Funding to develop engineering drawings, and subsequently its building, was gratefully provided by Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management (Wheatbelt NRM). The contract was awarded to local craftsman/builder Michael Shepherd, and construction began early May 2013. Michael and his team built the hide within an amazing time frame. A keen bird watcher himself, Michael was as excited about the project as the TNC members.
The TNC is honoured to recognise the contribution John Masters has made to ornathology by naming the hide after him.
The Toodyay Friends of the River Bilya Walk Track (the Bilya Bidi), funded by Lotterywest, was also opened on the same day. and passes right beside the bird hide. This will eventually link Duidgee Park in the Toodyay townsite (to the west) with Nardie Cemetary (in the east), adding to another great Bidy (main walk track) in Western Australia.
Below, the opening of the John Masters Bird Hide. Old Man River with Rebecca and Viv, while the TFOR founder, Wayne Clarke looks on (top left - Photo Ric Lowe); (top right) The gathered throng (Photo Rebecca Megan-Lowe
Below left The three Presidents from left - Toodyay Friends of the River, Greg Warburton, Toodyay Naturalists' Club Desrae Clarke and Shire of Toodyay Cr. Kevin Hogg (Photo Wayne Clarke) and right, John Masters (the Hide's namesake) facing the local paparazzi (Photo Desrae Clarke)
Below left, swans alighting on the pool, and right, little-black cormorants at the pool, the red banks clearly evident in the background (Photos Wayne Clarke)