Monday, December 5, 2011

Wannarkladdin Wetlands

Located between the Patterson river and Edithvale wetlands is a little known area called Wannarkladdin wetlands. Access is easiest from the Patterson river and a short stroll takes you to an area of ponds created by Melbourne Water and masses of natural wetlands. Sea shells left behind by the retreat of Port Phillip Bay some 7000 years ago can still be found there.

It is a good place to find the elusive Latham's Snipe which is very well camouflaged so you have to look carefully, it is also home to many warblers, cisticolas, herons, egrets, stints and the usual ducks and teals. I was even surprised to flush out a quail on my most recent visit.
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