26 September 2023

Parks’ Open Day to show rare birds in full flight

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is hosting a rare Open Day at Narran Lake Nature Reserve near Brewarrina in the State’s northwest this weekend (9 April).

Area Manager at NPWS, Marty Linehan said visitors would be very wise to take this opportunity to see the internationally-recognised wetland in all its glory.

“Narran Lake Nature Reserve is only open to visitors on Open Days such as this one and it will certainly be worth making the trip this year,” Mr Linehan said.

“Back-to-back wet years have meant that, for the first time in many years, there is plenty of water in the lake system,” he said.

“This has triggered the best bird breeding event in a decade.”

Mr Linehan said while access to nesting areas was limited, the diversity and abundance of birdlife was guaranteed to keep twitchers happy.

The Area Manager said visitors may be able to see straw-necked ibis, egrets, spoonbills, cormorants, darters and herons in decent numbers.

“Other waterbirds including ducks, swans, grebe and pelicans could also make an appearance,” he said.

“Off the water there’s likely to be woodswallows, honeyeaters and even pink cockatoos.”

Mr Linehan said Narran Lake Nature Reserve was not just about the birds, “cultural walks, stories and experiences will also offer visitors an insight into the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage of the area”.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to celebrate both the ecological and cultural wonders of the wetland,” he said.

Mr Linehan said people could register to attend the free event by emailing [email protected] or calling the Narrabri NPWS office on 6792 7300.

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