Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017. Nhill Lake
Leaders Graeme & Helen Fernandes
A total of nineteen people took up the opportunity to do a birdwatching tour of Nhill Lake and adjoining Nhill swamp boardwalk.
On both mornings we left the Little Desert Nature Lodge in convoy to travel the 16 km into Nhill. Both mornings were fine and sunny with good light for bird watching.
We set off anti-clockwise around the lake which is a sanctuary right in the heart of the town.
Because the lake is small, birdwatching is relatively easy as the birds are never too far away and are used to frequent foot traffic. The lake which surrounds a treed island was formed in the early 1970’s to help with flood control and keep a Lake for swimming, fishing and limited access for boating.
About two thirds around the lake, the Nhill Swamp boardwalk which is approximately 1.5 metres above the ground leads away from the lake and passes through swampy lowland which has some magnificent River Red-gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). We were lucky to watch a white winged Cough feed its one chick in its nest. The board walk returns to the entrance of the lake where we saw a Magpie Lark upon its nest and a Little raven`s nest high in the trees. On the other side of the lake we watched a Willie Wagtail on its` small nest.
We sighted a total of 44 birds with a highlight being two Nankeen Night Herons on the Island and two Black fronted Dotterels foraging upon the shore line.
After a very enjoyable walk we returned to the Little Desert Nature Lodge for lunch.
See bird list.
Nhill Lake 13th-14th Oct 2017
Australian Wood Duck Grey Teal Hardhead Pacific Black Duck
Australasian Grebe Great Cormorant Little Black Cormorant Darter
Little Pied Cormorant White-faced Heron Nankeen Night Heron Dusky Moorhen
Eurasian Coot Black-fronted Dotterel Silver Gull Crested Pigeon
Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon (I) Little Corella Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Galah
Musk Lorikeet Crimson Rosella Eastern Rosella Red-rumped Parrot
Sacred Kingfisher Laughing Kookaburra Brown Treecreeper Spotted Pardalote
Brown Thornbill Red Wattlebird Noisy Miner White-plumed Honeyeater
Grey Shrike-thrush Grey Fantail Willie Wagtail Magpie Lark
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Australian Magpie Australian Raven Little Raven
White-winged Chough Welcome Swallow Tree Martin Common Starling (I)