Eat break­fast with wildlife

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

North Cen­tral Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity is cel­e­brat­ing the fifth year of its pop­u­lar Break­fast with the Birds event with some­thing spe­cial.

This year it’s Hird Swamp’s turn to show off, with the wet­land buzzing af­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal wa­ter was de­liv­ered late last year, the first time both east and west sec­tions have been full since the 2010-11 floods.

‘‘As a re­sult, Hird Swamp is now home to up to 50 en­dan­gered Aus­tralasian bit­terns, huge num­bers of mag­pie geese, freck­led ducks, grey teal, hard­head and a lot more,’’ act­ing pro­ject man­ager Amy Rus­sell said.

‘‘If we’re lucky, we will be able to hear the dis­tinc­tive bit­tern call. Early set­tlers thought the bit­tern call sounded like a mon­ster, and the Yowie leg­end was born.’’

This year’s event will fea­ture a photo com­pe­ti­tion for the first time.

‘‘We know lo­cals and vis­i­tors love to flock to the Kerang Wet­lands to both watch birds and photograph them, so we will have prizes for the best bird por­trait, the best photo of a bird in flight, the most un­usual or threat­ened species, an award for the best sun­rise shot, as well as one for a ju­nior pho­tog­ra­pher,’’ Ms Rus­sell said.

‘‘Hird Swamp is mag­nif­i­cent and we want to make sure peo­ple can show it off to the world.’’

■ Break­fast with the Birds will be held on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 4 to cel­e­brate World Wet­lands Day from 5 am to 10.30 am.

■ To reg­is­ter to at­tend, click on the ‘events’ page on the North Cen­tral CMA web­site at www.nc­cma.vic.gov.au or call 5448 7124 or email info@nc­cma.vic.gov.au

Tasty snaps . . . A photo com­pe­ti­tion will be in­cluded with this year’s Break­fast with the Birds event at Hird Swamp near Kerang.

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