Spring Road Trip, Birdlife and Landscapes

September 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Yellow RosellaYellow RosellaEchuca Vic Following on from our Autumn road trip we decided to back it up with a spring trip this time following the Murrimidgee River, ( part of the way), till it joined up with the Murray. A great trip stopping at Griffith, Balranald and Echuca, the size and extent of the Murrimidgee Irrigation Area was an eye opener.

The effect of the current drought was most evident in the National Parks due to the extensive use of irrigation throughout this area. The Hay plains and areas around Balranald were the noticeable standout with barren paddocks occupied by sheep clearly struggling with a lack of feed, by contrast adjacent paddocks were green although I suspect that these are only young shoots that will struggle unless rain is forthcoming. A visit to Yanga NP is well worthwhile, both for the Yanga Homestead and shearing shed last used in 2005. A real surprise was Yanga Lake, I had no idea that such a substantial lake would be found in this are although the level is low at the moment, Benanee Lake at Euston was a similar surprise.

The impact of the drought was reflected in the lack of diversity in the birdlife, although the whistling kite population was very healthy. None the less got some good shots of Mulga and Red Rumped Parrots as well as Yellow Rosellas, Blue faced Honeyeaters also faring well. Overall a very interesting trip.
Red Rumped ParrotRed Rumped ParrotYanga NP, Balranald

Lake YangaLake YangaYanga NP
Murrimidgee RiverMurrimidgee RiverBalranald NSW Mulga ParrotMulga ParrotCocoparra NP Griffith


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