February 2015 Field Visit – Narrandera Common & Bundidgerry Hill

I seem to be developing a habit of posting each month’s field trip report on the very last day of the month. Knowing what my calendar looks like for March, I suspect next month will be the same. Here’s hoping I manage to be a bit more timely with my posts after March.

Ironically, I actually did my February field visit at the start of the month but decided not to post it so soon after January’s report, then didn’t get the chance to post about it until now.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited Narrandera Wetlands for World Wetlands Day. After finishing at the wetlands, I decided to spend the rest of the day exploring some of the other ecosystems Narrandera boasts. Narrandera is interesting to visit, because the town itself is situated in the middle of several very different ecosystems. Within a few minutes drive, or a fairly easy hike if you’re a keen walker, you can find an ephemeral wetland, a permanent lake, remnant Inland Grey Box and Yellow Box grassy woodland, riparian River Red Gum woodland, and hillside scrub dominated by Acacia species and Cypress Pine.

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River Red Gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) at Narrandera Common

 

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

To celebrate World Wetlands Day I paid a visit to Narrandera Wetlands this morning.

Narrandera Wetlands is an ephemeral constructed wetland, which serves the dual purposes of filtering stormwater runoff from the town, before it enters the Murrumbidgee River, and providing a refuge for wetland birds and other species in a very dry landscape.

There weren’t a lot of birds about this morning, but I did have fun watching these Royal and Yellow-billed Spoonbills feeding themselves, and a handful of Australian Pelicans gliding around.

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