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Birdwatching

The abundant lakes, waterways and wetlands provide valuable habitats for the many species of water birds found in the Gannawarra. Due to the warm weather and strong environmental water releases, summer 2019–20 promises to be rewarding for birdwatchers.

Many of the Kerang Lakes are recognised RAMSAR-listed wetlands of international significance, and all throughout our region, there are wonderful opportunities to spot some extraordinary and rare native species.

The bird hide at Reedy Lake near Kerang is an ideal viewing platform to see the many waterbirds nesting in the shallow waters.

Information shelters located at Lake Charm and Reedy Lake provide interesting details on the region's wetlands and waterbirds.

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 species.

Lake Cullen, north-east of Kerang is experiencing an influx of environmental water from September 2019. Over 75 species of birds have been spotted since the inflows, meaning this summer should be a bumper time for bird enthusiasts. After being flood filled in 2016 the lake has been reinvigorated as a birdwatchers paradise as it is an important bird feeding and breeding wetland.

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.

Water flows into Lake Murphy earlier in 2019 has provided ideal conditions for waterbirds, with a pair of brolgas settling in at the lake along with hundreds of other waterbirds.

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

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