Bird-watching SA: Tolderol comes alive

Tolderol Game Reserve is alive with migratory shorebirds and provides excellent opportunities for bird watching and photography.

The success of the reserve in providing a refuge for migratory shorebirds is a testament to the effectiveness of the watering regime employed in the park.

Delivering fresh water from Lake Alexandrina to the mudflats has transformed the wetlands and provides a sanctuary for many species of birds.

Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while sitting at the newly mosaicked teal and snipe picnic tables, made by the Arts in Parks initiative, funded by Inspiring SA.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin District Officer Sophie Harrison said: “Art in Parks gave participants a chance to contribute to a lasting piece of public art that can be enjoyed by visitors to the reserve for many years to come.”

The reserve periodically holds open days like the one held on December 3, giving the community a chance to visit and check out what the reserve has to offer.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin wetland ecologist Kate Mason said guided tours were provided at the open day by Birds SA members Peter Koch and John Gitsham.

“This was a great opportunity for people to learn about the different species of birds that can be seen in the reserve, and how to recognise them,” she said.

“There were over 6000 wader birds there on the day, including bitterns and thousands of terns.

“Bitterns are particularly exciting to see, as they are currently listed as an endangered species.

“Wader bird numbers are expected to increase into January-February, which has been the peak month in previous years,” Ms Mason said.

The environmental watering at Tolderol Game Reserve wetlands is supported by Birds SA, the Conservation and Hunting Alliance of SA, Signal Point Riverine Environment Group, Fleurieu Birdwatchers, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association, and Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin.

Have a look at the full range of workshops, artistic flair and activities held during Art in Parks visit the photo gallery at: http://nrm-together.com/art-in-parks-2017