Friday, 19 December 2014 18:46

Lake Wollumboola Featured

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 GJS3763 EditLake Wollumboola is a relatively small shallow brackish lake.  The water level of this lake varies depending on rainfall in the catchment and how recently the lake has opened to the sea. It is one of my favourite locations to photograph waders/waterbirds as it attract a lwide variety as well as big numbers.

Bird List and general information can be found here;  Presenting the Birds of Lake Wollumboola






Lake Wollumboola is on the south coast of NSW about 20 mins east of Nowra.  Easiest access to the lake is from the northern end at the small town of Culburra Beach. There is a small park with toilets, BBQ and an outdoor shower that makes an excellent spot to park and clean-up after a session at the lake.



Nesting Birds

Little Terns and Red-capped Plovers nest on the sandbar separating the lake from the sea. During Little tern nesting National Parks fence off the nesting area. Please keep your distance and do not disturb the birds. Depending on timing it is possible to get images of birds mating, exchanging fish and feeding young well away from the nesting area.  Pied Oystercatchers are also known to nest around the shores of the lake.


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Photographing The Birds

I picked up a very useful hint for photographing waders in this sort of habitat from the local photographers. They often use boogie boards to support their camera and flattened tripods. This allows them to slide across the sand, mud and shallow water all the while keeping low as they approach their subject.  Just remember to strip your tripod and clean it well if it comes into contact with salt water. Given the exposure to sand and water it is worth using some sort of lens cover/raincoat if you have one available.


Red Knot


Birds to Photograph

You never really know what is going to turn up at the lake in terms of rarities, so it's worth keeping an eye on Birdline and other birding resourses.  I've visited this site many times and have never been disappointed. I've photographed  Red-necked Avocet, Black-winged Stilt, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper,  Red-necked Stint,  Bar-tailed Godwit, Red Knot, Little Tern, Gull-billed Tern,  Royal Spoonbill, Red-capped Plover, Pied Oystercatcher, Australian Pelican, Black Swan,  Little Egret and Great Egret.



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