Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, WA

Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve

Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, nestled in the enchanting Western Australian landscape, is a captivating sanctuary that showcases the region’s extraordinary biodiversity. With its sprawling wetlands, verdant meadows, and tranquil waterways, the reserve offers a haven for a diverse range of native flora and fauna. Visitors can meander along the picturesque nature trails, marvelling at the sight of majestic bird species, such as the iconic Eastern great egret, alongside other remarkable wildlife like kangaroos and emus. The reserve’s unwavering commitment to conservation and sustainable practices ensures the preservation of this precious ecosystem, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Western Australia’s untamed beauty.

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Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve

Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, situated in Western Australia, is one of the twelve Ramsar Nature Reserve wetland sites in the region and is renowned as one of the finest destinations for bird watching. Located near the Kimberley town of Wyndham, this reserve attracts migratory waders from distant places like Siberia, providing them with a resting and feeding haven. The lagoons and billabongs within the reserve flourish with abundant wildlife, particularly during the wet season. Specially designed bird-hides offer an opportunity to observe hundreds of birds up close without causing disturbance.

The reserve boasts a diverse array of water birds, including egrets, ibis, magpie geese, herons, cranes, dab chicks, pelicans, brolgas, seventeen species of ducks, and the elusive and striking Jabiru. Keep a keen eye out, as you may even catch a glimpse of freshwater and saltwater crocodiles. Recognizing its significant role in water bird breeding, Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve was declared a protected bird sanctuary in the early 1970s. Access to the reserve is conveniently available by driving approximately twenty minutes south of Wyndham, with clear signage marking public access areas. It is advisable to have a four-wheel-drive vehicle for easier exploration of the reserve.

I could have spent many more hours here if the rains had stayed away, as it is a paradise for bird photographers in particular. I have not seen too many reserves like this in my time, but I am sure this would be considered one of the very best, and I highly recommend a visit if you are a keen photographer.

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