Wedge-tailed eagles and Nanking night herons are among the waterbirds that benefit from the environmental water supplied to wetlands in the region, according to the North Central Catchment Management Authority.
“In the Gunbower floodplain wetlands, water for the environment combined with high river flow to produce a longer runoff that prompted breeding,” said Rachel Murphy of North Central. CMA.
“At Little Reedy Lagoon, Long Lagoon, Reedy Lagoon and Black Swamp we saw birds such as wedge-tailed eagles, Nankeen night herons, eastern great egrets, Australasian grebes and more.
“We also experienced a large Pied Cormorant breeding event involving Lesser Pied Cormorants at Long Lagoon. Around 60 chicks hatched and flew into 29 nests, which is a fantastic result.
“Water for the Environment does its job and does it well.”
Water delivered to the Loddon Murray wetlands has also brought in high numbers of waterbirds this season, Ms Murphy said.
“We had waterfowl breeding at Richardson Lagoon, Lake Elizabeth, Lake Yando, Lake Meran, Lake Leaghur and Lake Murphy.”
Water was also delivered to seven wetlands on the Wimmera Mallee pipeline.
“We had waterbirds breeding at five of these sites, and lots of birds feeding on all of them,” Ms Murphy said.
“We only supply a relatively small amount of water to these wetlands, but it plays an important role in creating the right conditions for birds to breed in an otherwise very dry landscape.”