Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Walka Water Works

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Walka Water Works

The Walka Water Works is a Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Maitland. Formerly a reservoir supplying the Newcastle area the lake and surrounds provides excellent habitat for a large number of birds. The attraction for me however, is the lake itself as it is a permanent water source that provides excellent photographic opportunities.

 Much of the lake is surrounded by grassed picnic areas, however there is still plenty of shore line that is bush or reed lined. My preferred photographic location is on the northern shore below the toy railway embankment. In the morning especially in the winter months the sun is behind you when shooting towards the lake.

I have most success in capturing close images by positioning myself as low as possible on the bank in my bag hide. Then it is a matter of waiting.

Birds photographed at the Walka Water Works include:

Great Crested Grebe                                                    Australian Pelican                                                    
Australasian Grebe Royal Spoonbill
Hoary-headed Grebe Whistling Kite
Musk Duck Royal Soonbill
Australasian Shoveller Noisy Friarbird
Blue-billed Duck Straw-necked Ibis


Gates open at 7.00am and close at dusk. If possible avoid arriving late on the weekend as the area is popular with picnickers.

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