Water floods Heart Morass
Heavy rainfall has left FGA'S Heart Morass full for the breeding season.
Gary ‘Pud' Howard said the water pushed up from the eastern end of the Morass after heavy rainfall particularly in the Avon River catchment. “It wasn't a major over the bank flood but it was sufficient to go over in private country at the eastern end and travel back up,” he said. “The Morass is full and once the river drops, some water will drop out leaving it at what I call static full supply. “Any flood is welcomed from the point of view of the Morass itself and water bird breeding, it couldn't be better timed.”
The flooding also provided a fresh water flush through Dowds Morass.
Environmental water helped to lift the level of Heart Morass from May to early June and the additional natural flows are timely for the breeding season ahead. “Everything is paired up, everywhere you go you are seeing pairs, there are teal coming out of the gum trees and they are fully into a breeding cycle now,” Gary said.