Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Nowa Nowa Birding

Nowa Nowa Birding

Nowa Nowa is a small town about 20 Km north-east of Lakes Entrance and is on the main road between Orbost and Lakes Entrance. It has a population of approximately 140 * , with a general store/Post Office and a few caravan parks. The East Gippsland Rail Trail runs through Nowa Nowa, where it crosses Boggy Creek. 

Nowa Nowa is an excellent location for birding. There is a wide range of habitat, from the drier more open forest to the swampy areas around  the boat ramp.  Approximately 120 bird species have been seen in the Nowa Nowa area.

Boggy Creek Gorge

Boggy Creek Gorge is a large gorge upstream of the Nowa Nowa bridge. There is a walking track and lookout overlooking the gorge. The walking track and lookout are accessible from the Bruthen-Buchan Road. Turn into the car park opposite the saw mill. About 30 bird species have been seen there so far, but there is a lot of potential for more species.
Boggy Creek Gorge

Nowa Nowa Township

Nowa Nowa itself is a great spot for birds. Masked Lapwings are a resident beside the highway, as  is a large family of Wood Ducks. Welcome Swallows, wattlebirds, Magpies and Kookaburras are abundant, while White Throated Needle Tail can be seen during the summer months.

Nowa Nowa Wetland Walk

The Nowa Nowa wetland walk is an excellent spot for birds. Black Fronted Dotteral, Azure Kingfisher and  many honeyeaters and cormorants live in the wetlands bordering Boggy Creek. You can access the walk by driving down Launching Rd, to the boat ramp. The walk follows Boggy Creek downstream, and is well sign posted.

Nowa Nowa Walk

Reed Warbler, seen near the Nowa Nowa boat ramp

Female Rufous Whistler, Nowa Nowa Walk

Nowa Nowa is indeed a great birding location. It should be quite easy to see forty species within a couple of hours, and with such a central location, Nowa Nowa is a must visit for a birder.


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