Kakadu has moved!!

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Subject: Kakadu has moved!!
From: Charles Buer <>
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:29:06 +1000
We camped over the w/e on the Lachlan River west of Budgerabong which is west of Forbes.
Today we drove south through 'Kakadu'. I've never seen so much water in this area before. Large trees are standing in water and there's literally thousands upon thousands of waterbirds! Nankeen Night Herons fly out of roadside trees which are normally standing on dry ground. As far as the eye can see white 'posts' stand poised; they turn out to be hundreds of White-necked Herons. Spoonbills are in massive flocks swishing their bills through the waters, Ibis are in their thousands, literally. A lone Glossy Ibis descended before us as we were surveying a wet paddock. .
As we drove up to 'Kakadu' the birds rose in their hundreds, leaving hundreds upon hundreds still in the shallow waters.
Lake Cowal is another spectacle at present. I've visited this Lake many times over 30+ years and have never seen it with so much water, which is up to the road in places, and has even been over the road. It's glorious with lots of skulky birds on the foreshore. If you're a photographer it's especially appealing at present, with large old gum trees standing reflected in still water.
None of the the birds we saw (over 70 species) were unusual for the area, but the amount of them is overwhelming. Swans are nesting, and ducks have little bubs. It's all happening in 'Kakadu'!
If you've not been to the true Kakadu yet, go west for three hours and you'll marvel in a spectacle that almost matches the real Kakadu!
email us and we can give GPS readings and road directions for the main sites. Allow a day to drive these roads! Include two hours drive to Grenfell each way.
Margaret McJannett
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