Three interconnected lakes, Munmorah, Budgewoi and Tuggerah, comprise what is commonly called the Tuggerah Lakes (Fig. 1). The Lakes cover an area of 116 square km on the NSW central coast with their depth averaging about 2m and the salinity of the water varying from brackish to marine. (Powis, 1975; and Barclay, pers. comm.).
Waterbirds are a common sight around the lakes and several species are distributed widely with some congregating in particular areas. Australian pelicans* are probably the most conspicuous of the widespread group because of their size and abundance. Three species of cormorants, the great, little black and little pied can be seen either feeding in the water or perching on sites above or nearby the water. Silver gulls are probably the most common waterbird of the area, so much so that their presence is often overlooked. Crested terns are common but less abundant that the silver gulls. Black swans are representative of much of the lakes’ waters although they do prefer particular sites.
While the above birds are widely distributed, areas exist on the Lakes where they and other waterbirds are mostly easily seen. Three sites were chosen for more detailed study, which appear to attract large numbers of waterbirds.
How to Cite:
Wettin, P., 2010. Observations of waterbirds at three sites on the Tuggerah Lakes. Wetlands Australia, 1(1), pp.26–28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.31646/wa.52