Water rat habitat

Wallpolla island – Wentworth, NSW

Water rat habitat on Wallpolla island
Water rat habitat

Wallpolla island is the best location I’ve ever been to for spotting Water rats (Hydromys chrysogaster).  It is located near the town of Wentworth in Western NSW near Victorian border. Wentworth’s only claim to fame is its geographic position at the confluence of Murray and Darling rivers. It is a quiet little town that services the adjacent farming communities.

Water rat feeding station, Wallpolla island
Water rat feeding station

Water rats can be easily seen from the island itself, or for something different, from a canoe.  Photographing the rats, however, proved to be a lot more challenging. The views from the bank were always abstracted by vegetation and from a canoe, we could only ever see retreating individuals. As a result, all I have to show for my efforts is a couple of failed ‘happy snaps’ of them.

Water rat on Wallpolla island
Water rat
Water rat on Wallpolla island
Water rat

Birds of Wallpolla island 

Water rats are not, of course, the only inhabitants of Wallpolla island. We saw at least 15 species of birds including Rainbow bee-eater, Sacred kingfisher, Forest kingfisher, Blue-faced honeyeater, Whistling kite, Welcome swallow, Laughing kookaburra, Wood duck, Australian darter, Great Cormorant, Variegated fairy-wren, White-plumed honeyeater, Long-billed corella and a Yellow rosella – a recently rediscovered subspecies of Crimson rosella.

Yellow-billed spoonbill on Wallpolla island
Yellow-billed spoonbill
Confluence of Murray and Darling rivers
Confluence of Murray and Darling rivers
Sunset over Darling river
Sunset over Darling river
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Eucalypt
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