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Birdwatching

The wetlands provide valuable habitats for the many species of water birds found in the Gannawarra and often rewarding viewing for birdwatchers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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