Here’s the inside scoop and local tips for spying on our feathered friends.
The constant wetting and drying cycle of the wetlands keeps bird numbers and their diversity higher than a natural system. Home to over 170 species, it won’t take long to start crossing off your checklist, with six bird hides making it easy to take a secluded view. Never far from water, the deep azure blue and distinctive rufous breast of the Azure Kingfisher make it a sight to behold. Luckily, you’ll find this striking species is quite common at Wonga Wetlands.
Nail Can Hill
A favourite amongst mountain bikers and walkers, Nail Can Hill is also home to plenty of bird species. With regular appearances from the Speckled Warbler and Buff-rumped Thornbill, the secretive Chestnut-rumped Heathwren is a little harder to spot.
15 minutes from the heart of Wodonga is Swainsona Reserve, where over 25 species of native birds have been recorded. You’ll spot other native wildlife, and the rare Smooth Darling Pea, an endangered plant thriving in the protected reserve.
Chiltern National Park
Considered by many to be the premier bird-watching area in southern Australia, the National Park is the home to more than 220 species. What makes this Park special is its two distinct bioregions – the drier woodlands of the inland and wetter mountain forests. Threatened species that have been spotted at Chiltern National Park include the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Square-tailed Kite and Turquoise Parrot.
Whitehead Street Wetlands
Water ponds and bird life go hand in hand. A 45 minute drive west of Albury in Corowa, the wetlands are a mecca for water-loving bird life including Brolgas and black swans.
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