Just add water

The swamps of the Moolort Plains are ‘full’ again – not quite to the level of 2010/11, but refreshingly wet.

I made a lightning visit at the weekend around some of my favourites, mainly to document what they look like at this stage of the wetting cycle. There were very few birds to be seen – not to worry the ‘bush telegraph’ will rectify this situation in coming weeks and I expect to see some interesting visitors. Speaking with local wetland ecologist Damien Cook last week, he mentioned seeing a flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks at Long Swamp – a taste of things to come!

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Baker’s Swamp, 16th September 2016

blackswamp

Black Swamp at Campbelltown, 17th September 2016

gallowayswamp

Galloway’s Swamp, 18th September 2016

lakesideswamp

Lakeside Swamp, 17th September 2016

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Lignum Swamp, 18th September 2016

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Long Swamp, 16th September 2016

swamphen

Purple Swamphen @ Baringhup – this one was disturbed making a nest on the edge of the swollen Loddon River near the Caravan Park, 18th September 2016

3 responses to “Just add water

  1. Laaneebarramul is looking fantatstic too!

  2. Some beautiful wetland areas there! If you could send just one or two of those Plumed Whistling Ducks down to Tassie it would be much appreciated 🙂

  3. Wonderful to see. Will be even better to visit the swamps.

    On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “The swamps of the Moolort Plains are ‘full’ again – > not quite to the level of 2010/11, but refreshingly wet. I made a lightning > visit at the weekend around some of my favourites, mainly to document what > they look like at this stage of the wetting cycle” >

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