Coorong National Park

In Coorong National Park, changes to the water flow into the Coorong from the Murray River are slowly changing this sliver of lake flanked by the dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula. The balance of bird species is altering as the water becomes more saline. But it still remains a very good place for birdwatching. One of the country’s largest breeding pelican colonies resides here, immortalised in Colin Thiele’s classic children’s story Storm Boy. You can spy on them and fairy terns through high-powered binoculars from the observatory at Jacks Point. Red-necked stints and sandpipers are among those that terminate their long migrations here; resident waders include stilts, avocets, plovers, lapwings and oystercatchers; and waterfowl include teal, shelducks and, in summer, black swans.

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