Birds of the lakes

What Bird is that?

The unique natural wetlands of the Tuggerah Lakes and their associated vegetation provide habitat of world importance for some of Australia’s important bird species. So critical are these habitats for the survival of these birds that the Tuggerah Lakes and the forests around them have been designated by Birds Australia as an Important Bird Area.

Important Bird Areas, commonly called IBAs, are areas of the world that are globally important for at least one species of bird. They contain critical habitats for key bird species. Conserving these IBAs is extremely important for the long-term survival of these key birds. Read more.

The unique natural wetlands of the Tuggerah Lakes and their associated vegetation provide habitat of world importance for some of Australia’s important bird species. These habitats are critical for their survival. 

Chestnut Teal - Photo by Chris Tzaros          Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Photo by Dean Ingwersen

Chestnut Teal                                           Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Regent Honeyeater - Photo by Dean Ingwersen             ete

Regent Honeyeater                                    Swift Parrot

Learning more and get involved in conserving the Tuggerah IBA

Wyong Shire Council is committed to the conservation of the habitats that support the Tuggerah’s IBA species of birds. You too can help to conserve both habitats and birds.

  • Surveys for Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters happen twice each year, with follow ups if the birds are feeding in the Tuggerah area.
  • Wader (shorebird) surveys are conducted every month throughout the season.
  • Little Terns, which are not an IBA species but still an important species in this area, are surveyed in the nesting season.

Beginners are very welcome to join in these activities and to learn more about how to identify birds and help to conserve them. To find out more about how to get involved contact the Central Coast Group of Birding NSW. Phone Alan Morris 0418 269 482 or email him at a.morris42@optusnet.com.