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Birdwatching

The many wetlands across the region are a haven for birdlife, with up to 200 species calling the area home.

For serious twitchers maps and information is available at the visitor centre. During the flood season many of the wetlands come to life hosting thousands of nesting water birds.

Birdwatching in the Kerang Lakes region

The Ibis Rookery at Middle Reedy Lake is the largest rookery in the Southern Hemisphere, where each spring, thousands of ibis flock to the area to breed. The bird hide is best visited at dawn and dusk and offers viewers the perfect place to watch Straw-necked and White Ibis, along with other spectacular birds such as Pelicans, Swans, Spoonbills and Egrets.

The sighting and photography of endangered species – the Australasian Bittern – has reinforced the significance of the Kerang Wetlands in fauna conservation. Lake Tutchewop is also proving an important bird watchers destination and the arrival of the Long-billed dowitcher some years back created serious excitement for twitchers.

Lake Bael Bael fills intermittently during significant rain and flood events and springs to life as wetland birds converge to feed and breed. Watch the video to see the hundreds of birds in their natural environment.

Other Kerang wetlands popular for birdwatching include the Avoca Marshes, Kerang Regional Park, Lake Murphy, Hird Swamp and Johnson Swamp.

Birdwatching on Gunbower Island

Gunbower National Park and State Park on Gunbower Island are also recognised as a Ramsar Wetland site. As a permanent body of water, Gunbower Creek and the many lagoons provide vital habitat for feeding and breeding for numerous bird species.

Environmental water inflows into Reedy Lagoon, Gunbower State Forest has provided a special place for birdwatching as the rich environment provides excellent feeding and breeding opportunities for many waterbird species.

Over 82 different species of birds have been identified in the Gunbower Island area such as the Royal Spoonbill, Intermediate Egret, Caspian Tern, Pied Cormorant, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Azure Kingfisher, and many others, some considered threatened species.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle, Tawny Frogmouth, Kookaburra and a variety of parrots are also commonly seen across the Gannawarra.

Specialised knowledge on Australian birdlife, education programs and bird watching information can be accessed at Birdlife Australia.

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