21/09/2018 Hattah-Kulkyne National Park Victoria

Had a great time visiting the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park in Victoria, it lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers.

The freshwater Hattah Lakes is seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray, providing food and shelter for waterbirds and fish. These lakes can remain full for up to ten years without flooding, but flooding generally occurs once every two years.

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Male)  Though confined to the Murray Mallee region of South Australia and Victoria, the range of the Mallee Emu-wren has shrunk in recent years after fires destroyed much of its restricted areas of habitat. There is now a concerted conservation effort underway to save the species, as another bushfire could see the Mallee Emu-wren edge closer to extinction.

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Male)

Though confined to the Murray Mallee region of South Australia and Victoria, the range of the Mallee Emu-wren has shrunk in recent years after fires destroyed much of its restricted areas of habitat. There is now a concerted conservation effort underway to save the species, as another bushfire could see the Mallee Emu-wren edge closer to extinction.

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Male)

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Male)


Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Female)

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Female)

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Male)

Mallee Emu-wren Stipiturus mallee Maluridae (Male)

Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus Psittacidae

Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus Psittacidae

Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus Psittacidae

Regent Parrot Polytelis anthopeplus Psittacidae

Mallee Ringneck Barnardius zonarius

Mallee Ringneck Barnardius zonarius

Mallee Ringneck Barnardius zonarius

Mallee Ringneck Barnardius zonarius

Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus

Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus

Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus

Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus

Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus

Striated Grasswren Amytornis striatus

Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Psittacidae

Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Psittacidae

Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Psittacidae

Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus Psittacidae

Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera Columbidae

Common Bronzewing Phaps chalcoptera Columbidae

Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens Maluridae

Splendid Fairy-wren Malurus splendens Maluridae

Chestnut-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus ruficeps Pomatostomidae

Chestnut-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus ruficeps Pomatostomidae

White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Artamidae

White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Artamidae

White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Artamidae

White-browed Woodswallow Artamus superciliosus Artamidae

Yellow Rosella Platycercus elegans

Yellow Rosella Platycercus elegans

Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala Meliphagidae

Noisy Miner Manorina melanocephala Meliphagidae

Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea Corcoracidae

Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea Corcoracidae

The Hattah-Kulkyne National Park is about 450km from Melbourne off the Calder Highway, between Ouyen and Mildura. The Park is 35km north of Ouyen and 74km south of Mildura.

More images to come….

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