June 2019 bird survey

Vegetation recovering after recent rain provides good habitat for a range of birds, including numerous Superb Fairy-wrens and the usual honeyeater species.

Water quality in the Large Freshwater Lake appears very good – most water birds were observed there. In contrast, the Southern Wetlands (Chain of Ponds), despite similar quality water at mid levels, attracts few birds. Moreover, the Saltwater Lake, now a deep brown, had just three Black-fronted Dotterels.

Interestingly, we recorded many more Spotted Pardalotes than usual, mostly being driven off by resident honeyeaters.

Spotted Pardalote, photos Andrew McCutcheon