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Birdwatching in Canberra: A Guide to Discovering the Best Spots for Water Birds

Neil Hermes, an ornithologist and bird expert based in Canberra, has been hosting and guiding birdwatching walks and safaris all over the Australian Capital Territory for years. In this YouTube clip, Neil shares his knowledge and experience about where to spot water birds in Canberra, particularly around Lake Burley Griffin. However, if you want to learn about the other spots for birdwatching around the area, we highly recommend you read the full article below. 

Before Lake Burley Griffin was filled in 1964, there was little surface water around the ACT. As a result, water birds were extremely rare, and even species like swans and ducks were not seen often. However, with the filling of the lake, the area became a water bird wonderland, and for the first time, Canberra became a place that was abundant in different species of water birds. Today, the lake and its edges, particularly the northern and eastern areas, are now a hotspot for water birds in the ACT.

If you are a birdwatcher or interested in the world of birds, Canberra is a great place to explore. Here is a guide to discovering the best spots for water birds in the city.

Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin

It’s not just balloons you’ll find flying around the lake, Lake Burley Griffin is also the most accessible and iconic spot in Canberra for birdwatchers, particularly during the winter months when migratory birds come to visit. Neil recommends exploring the northern and eastern areas where the water is shallow and perfect for wading birds.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands2013 Birds Jerra 12

Located on the outskirts of Canberra, Jerrabomberra Wetlands is a significant wetland area that provides a haven for migratory birds. The wetlands are open to the public and have an extensive network of walking trails, making it a perfect spot for birdwatching. We host several beginner’s birdwatching walks in these wetlands each year, and for a good reason – there are always interesting species of common birds, rare birds, migratory birds, and water birds in the wetlands. Just like Lake Burley Griffin, this is a great place to be for birdwatchers of all levels.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tiidbinbilla Nature Reserve outstanding views CGT

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is a vast wilderness area located in the mountains west of Canberra. The reserve has several walking trails that offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The wetlands in the reserve are a crucial spot for water birds and migratory birds, and you can spot several species of ducks, grebes, and herons. Book your next adventure at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve! We have upcoming birdwatching walks and wildlife tours in the area, perfect for aspiring birdwatchers, beginners, and curious first-timers alike.

Overall, Canberra offers an abundance of birdwatching opportunities for nature lovers. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, there is something for everyone. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and a camera to capture the spectacular views of the birds and the landscape.

If you’re interested in birdwatching in Canberra, Neil Hermes is an excellent resource to turn to for advice and information. With his knowledge and experience, you’re sure to have a great time exploring the city’s many birdwatching spots. Remember to subscribe to his YouTube channel to stay updated on his latest videos and birdwatching tips. And don’t forget to share his content with your friends who are also interested in birds.

The Best Birdwatching Tours and Safaris in Australia | Neil Hermes: Author, Ornithologist and Tour Guide

A scientist by background, and a keen author, researcher, tour guide, and ornithologist, Neil traveled to Australia and other parts of the world for decades. His expeditions are fuelled by his unwavering passion for birds, publishing his findings, planning birdwatching safaris, and participating in bird conservation efforts along the way. His passion for both birds and tourism gave him the much needed push to start Neil Hermes Safaris, touring aspiring birdwatchers and enthusiasts around Canberra, and all over Australia.

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