Wonga Wetlands, Albury NSW

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Subject: Wonga Wetlands, Albury NSW
From: "Matthew Herring" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 19:22:38 +1100

G’day all,


Like many of the wetlands in the upper and central parts of the Murray region at present, Wonga is pumping. A one hour walk this afternoon (Sunday 11th Dec 2005) yielded over 60 bird species.


The water levels are high so it is particularly good for the deep water species with a large number of waterfowl, probably over 1000. It should get better for crakes and the like as summer progresses and some mud is exposed. There is also much breeding (e.g. Black swan, Grey Teal, Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen), numerous Red-bellied Black Snakes, at least one Murray Turtle and several Eastern Long-necked Turtles including their predated nests, presumably dug up by foxes. Highlights are listed below.


Wonga Wetlands are open to the public, providing enjoyable walking trails managed by Albury City Council and are accessible from the Riverina Highway, only about 4 km west of Albury towards Howlong/Finley. You can’t miss the big entry gates.


Regards, Matt Herring.


Great Crested Grebe (18) – my highest count at Wonga over past 9 years

Blue-billed Duck (7) – my highest count at Wonga over past 9 years

Musk Duck (10)

Double-barred Finch (2)

Latham’s Snipe (1) – low number, almost no mud

Black-tailed Native-hen (4) – resident since 2002/03 drought

White-bellied Sea Eagle (1)

Intermediate Egret (11) – many in full breeding colour

Nankeen Night Heron (1)


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