Wonga Wetlands - Albury, NSW

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Subject: Wonga Wetlands - Albury, NSW
From: "Matthew Herring" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 09:04:23 +1100
G'day folks,
A really nice start to the year for me has been down at the Wonga Wetlands, just west of Albury on the Murray River floodplain (see previous posts on archive for directions to this public land). I recommend a visit at the moment for any locals with a spare hour or two, or anyone passing through the area. A couple of hours yesterday afternoon (1/1/05), an hour this morning and a couple of hours this afternoon yielded almost 80 birds (see below), reflecting the high diversity of waterbirds at this site, plus a sprinkling of bushbirds. There was also a fox, couple of hares, rabbits, several red-bellied black snakes, yellow-bellied water skink and peron's tree frog. There are probably dozens of Latham's Snipe there, together with lots of waterfowl breeding, and with the low water levels it is starting to feel a bit like it did a few years ago when we had the likes of Little Bittern and Lewin's Rail, so fingers crossed! Who knows, a Painted Snipe might even appear!
Regards, Matt Herring, Albury.
The full list is below but the highlights for me were:
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (12)
Latham's Snipe (9+)
Spotted Crake (1)
Black-tailed Native-hen (10)
young Pink-eared Duck (1)
Musk Duck (2)
Intermediate Egret (3)
Dollarbird (3)
Azure Kingfisher (2, br)
Little Lorikeet (4)
Brown Treecreeper (1)
White-bellied Sea Eagle (2)
Australian Wood Duck
Musk Duck
Black Swan
Australian Shelduck
Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Shoveler
Pink-eared Duck
Grey Teal
Chestnut Teal
Hoary-headed Grebe
Australasian Grebe
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Australian Pelican
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Great Egret
Intermediate Egret
Australian White Ibis
Royal Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Whistling Kite
Collared Sparrowhawk
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Australian Hobby
Australian Spotted Crake
Dusky Moorhen
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Black-tailed Native-hen
Latham's Snipe
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Black-winged Stilt
Red-kneed Dotterel
Black-fronted Plover
Masked Lapwing
Peaceful Dove
Crested Pigeon
Long-billed Corella
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Little Lorikeet
Yellow Rosella
Eastern Rosella
Red-rumped Parrot
Laughing Kookaburra
Azure Kingfisher
Sacred Kingfisher
Brown Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Striated Pardalote
White-browed Scrubwren
White-throated Gerygone
Little Friarbird
White-plumed Honeyeater
Crested Shrike-tit
Restless Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
White-breasted Woodswallow
Magpie Lark
Australian Magpie
Australian Raven
Little Raven
Red-browed Finch
European Goldfinch
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Clamorous Reed-warbler
Little Grassbird
Golden-headed Cisticola
Common Starling
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