A walk around the muddy foreshore at Cairn Curran reveals the extraordinary activity of a host of waterbird species. Foremost in terms of visibility are the myriad of circular holes left by the probing bills of ibis, both Australian White Ibis and Straw-necked Ibis. These birds do a remarkably efficient job and their pest control activities on pasture land are well-known and rightly lauded. As the waters slowly recede to reveal mudflats the numbers and diversity of waterbirds will increase. Late summer into early autumn will offer some outstanding birdwatching around the lake, with the tantalising prospect of encountering some rare and unusual migratory waders on passage back to the northern hemisphere.
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