Lake Ellingamite

Lake Elingamite is a marr volcano. Marr volcanoes occur where the ground is wet. The molten rock erupts through the wet rock and the high pressure steam blasts the surrounding rock into “ash”. Layers of ash were clearly visible along the entrance road.

Lake Elingamite has in the past, been heavily grazed, with the result that the original tree and shrub cover was lost. Over the past four years, some parts have had grazing removed, and trees and shrubs planted.

The lake is an excellent place for birds. Water birds are usually abundant, and the surrounding tree and shrub cover provides for smaller birds.

Thanks to Helen Langley for taking us to this interesting lake.

The birds recorded during the walk were:

Great Crested Grebe
Australian Shoveler
Willie Wagtail
Hoary-headed Grebe
Australian Wood Duck
Golden-headed Cisticola
Australian Pelican
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Superb Fairy Wren
Great Cormorant
Swamp Harrier
Brown Thornbill
White-faced Heron
Purple Swamphen
White-fronted Chat
Great Egret
Masked Lapwing
Australian White Ibis
Black-winged Stilt
House Sparrow
Straw-necked Ibis
Silver Gull
Red-browed Firetail
Pacific Black Duck
Long-billed Corella
Grey Teal
Grey Fantail
Little Raven

Bird list supplied by John Gregurke


Layers of volcanic ash (tuff) along the entrance road.

The trees and shubs have thrived. The dense cover is attractive to many species of bird. Records from early European visitors show that the area was originally densely vegetated.