Monday, July 11, 2011

Paiwalla Wetland - Conservation in action!

Former dairy farm land, this wetland on the Lower River Murray in SA has been restored by the hard working managers of Paiwalla.

Today I enjoyed a mornings birding with my friend Peter Koch, one of the managers of Paiwalla Wetland.
We enjoyed a walk and the highlights of today were a Buff-banded Rail who walked along the track in front of us. We could also hear Spotless and Spotted Crakes right next to us.

At least 3 pairs of Sacred Kingfisher followed us around the wetland.

A displaying Musk Duck caught the attention of another Musk Duck, amusingly the other duck was a young Male!!

A water rat was feeding and diving.

Hard-heads, Australasian Shoveller, Grebes, Darter along with Swamp Harrier, Kestrel and Whistling Kite were some of the numerous species around. 

This wetland is a wonderful example of conservation in action and a safe haven for so many birds. Always an enjoyable place to visit.