The Wimmera region of Victoria
is a bird watchers delight with it's numerous National and State
Parks and magnificent wetlands.
The National and State Parks
Wyperfeld National Park in the state's north-west has recorded
over 200 species of bird, including Sulphur Crested Cockatoos,
Mallee Ringneck Parrots, Red-rumped parrots, galahs, eagles and
smaller birds such as variegated Fairy-wrens and Red-capped robins.
Of particular interest is the Mallee Fowl. This rare bird incubates
its eggs in a large mound of earth and leaf litter. The park is
also a wonderful place to view emus grazing in the dry creekbeds
at dawn and dusk.
Another fascinating National Park of particular interest to birdwatchers
is the Little Desert National Park. More than 220 species have
been recorded. Parrots, robins, wrens and currawongs are common.
The Mallefowl (Lowan) can also be seen in the Little Desert National
Ninety-three species of bird have been recorded in the Big Desert
Wilderness, a 113,500 hectare wilderness area, among which are
the extremely rare Western Whipbird and Bustard.
The Grampians National Park is an important habitat for an abundance
of birdlife. The low open shrubby woodlands support a variety
of nectar-feeding birds, while the tall open forests are important
for hollow-dependent species such as the Powerful Owl. Large populations
of emus are found throughout the lowland areas.
The West Wimmera Shire is one of the best kept secrets. The region
is dotted with lakes and majestic redgums and teeming with birdlife.
Look out for the endangered Redtailed Black Cockatoo, Brolgas,
Emus in the wild and the graceful Black Swan.
and the surrounding district, in the northern region of the Wimmera
is studded with wetlands and lakes where a variety of waterbirds
can be seen including the great crested grebe.
West of Horsham, stretches a ribbon of thirty or so lakes from
Natimuk to Douglas. All are shallow and hypersaline and in spring
and winter, in a typical year, the lakes fill from rainfall runoff.
During these months the lakes support large numbers of Branded
Stilts and Red-necked Avocets.
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abounds in the Wimmera.
Lookout for the endangered
Redtailed Black Cockatoo.