Lake Coolmunda is an amazing birding hotspot and has something for everyone! There were plenty of parrots to keep me happy, lots of water birds in the lake and elusive little Fairy Wrens to watch out for in the bush. These photos were taken around the boat ramp area which also has a campground and picnic area, the area across the road which is really good for parrots and the road leading to the dam. The Coolmunda Caravan Park is where the purple dot is.
As we approached the turn-off to the lake & boat ramp, some Galahs were waiting to greet us.
Before we turned left down the boat ramp road, I heard parrots in the field across the street so we pulled over to investigate. Good move as we found Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Eastern Rosellas, Pale-headed Rosellas, more Galahs, Red-rump Parrots and Little Corellas!
This camping area has spaces for tents and caravans and a nice picnic area which we used for breakfast.
We drove a bit further towards the dam and saw water birds on the lake and some Superb Fairy-wrens in several bushes along the road. Many birds were on private property and as you can see by the signs, trespassers are not wanted! Fair enough, I wouldn’t want strangers traipsing around my property either! The roads here are paved and in excellent condition, normal sedan cars are fine.
We turned around at the above sign and went back to the picnic area for breakfast. We enjoyed a nice view of many water birds while we ate. A Pied Butcherbird came over to
beg steal our food! Public conveniences are available here.
When we went back to this area in the evening, there were lots of Red-rumped Parrots foraging in the tall grasses. The light was really beautiful on the lake!
Magpies squabbling, probably over territory or a female.
And with these Outback sunset shots we ended a fantastic day of birding!