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 5am to 10.30am.
■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 firstname.lastname@example.org