Live it up on the Lachlan River
Camera battery low? Binoculars on the blink? Never fear. You can get up close and personal with the brilliant birds of the Lachlan catchment right here.
When rain falls and the river flows, our feathered friends come out to play.
Birds of all shapes and sizes arrive to feed, some to breed, and be part of this dynamic ecosystem.
Ready for romance
A pelican with romance on his mind is a sight to behold. He sways his bill from side to side and ripples his bill-pouch as he tries to impress the subject of his affection. Eventually he will share the incubation of the eggs on a nest consisting of a few sticks scraped together on exposed ground. While food is abundant and the weather is right, pelicans will continue to breed and raise the next generation of these spectacular birds.
Photo: Pelicans (Pelecanus conspicillatus). Mal Carnegie, Lake Cowal Foundation.
How's the serenity?
There's nothing quite like a Lachlan lake at sunset. The frogs are croaking, the fish are jumping and the sky is alive with colour. It's worth the trip just to see the atmosphere change as the heat of the day gives way to the cool of the night. But the lake never sleeps. Darkness is a cue for nocturnal creatures to emerge and make the most of its riches.
Photo: Lake Cargelligo-Curlew Water. Mal Carnegie, Lake Cowal Foundation.
Bouncing back . . .
The wetlands of the Lachlan catchment have evolved to survive the boom and bust cycle of the Australian seasons. Even when conditions are dry, floodplain soils are brimming with potential life in the form of seeds and dormant plants. When flows return - sometimes natural and sometimes managed - these plants have a chance to grow, flower and set seed once more. And so, this delicate cycle continues.
Photo: Vince Bucello Midstate Video Productions.
The Royal spoonbill is a medium-sized bird with an appetite for tiny wetland creatures including insects, crustaceans and small fish. It sweeps its spoon-shaped bill through the water collecting food as it goes. Shallow water in the Lachlan wetlands provides ideal feeding habitat.
Photo: Spoonbill (Platalea regia). Vince Bucello, Midstate Video Productions.
Birds, birds and more birds!
These straw-necked ibis have a more refined look than their Australian white ibis cousins. They steal the spotlight with their iridescent black wings and ruby legs. These straw-necked ibis are nesting on a bed of lignum in the Booligal Swamp.
Photo: Straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis). Vince Bucello, Midstate Video Productions.
Incoming . . . duck!
A dozen duck species make use of the Lachlan wetlands when food and habitat are plentiful. Pink-eared ducks (also known as zebra ducks) are sure to be a highlight for bird enthusiasts with their distinctive stripes and - you guessed it - pink ears! These fair fowl can be seen among flocks of hundreds and thousands of ducks congregating on the open-water wetlands of the Lachlan River catchment.
Photo: Pink-eared ducks (Malacorhnychus membranaceus). Vince Bucello, Midstate Video Productions.