Sunday, July 23, 2017

Winton Wetlands Landscape Art

Our first visit to Winton Wetlands was on a day of torrential rain and after getting drenched twice, we decided to cut our visit short. This time, there was a few showers around, but not enough to dampen our spirits and we headed a little further around this amazing site. 
Winton Wetlands

Along Boggy Bridge Rd, we sighted the first of the Landscape Art on this journey. Along both sides of the road, artist Tim Bowtell's fish are painted in sections across a row of trees, creating a full view of the colourful fish as you approach them.
Winton Wetlands
The wetlands are a significant hotspot for birdwatching and there is a list of what species have been sighted here on the EBird Australia site. 
Signposts along the road informed us that the local brown falcons were around, and sure enough, they showed up right on cue. A pair of white-bellied sea eagles had also returned for the winter, but we didn't see them, unfortunately.
Winton Wetlands Brown FalconA little further along Boggy Bridge Rd, at a t-intersection,  we stopped at the water tank that Guido Van Helten had painted as part of the 2016 Wall to Wall Festival.
The CFA use the water tank for fire fighting purposes and the trio of faces are local CFA volunteers.
Winton Wetlands Landscape Art Guido Van Helten 

Winton Wetlands Landscape Art Guido Van Helten

Winton Wetlands Landscape Art Guido Van Helten

Another raptor watched us, but I'm not sure if it was the same bird or a completely different species.
Winton Wetlands  Nankeen KestrelAnother turn off, this time towards the centre of the site and Lunette Lookout. This area features the Hilda Bain portrait. We later found out that we could go through the gated fence to the lookout and see the long necked turtle sculpture. Next time.
Winton Wetlands Street Art

This little guy scurried up the tree as we drove along the road. He jumped in his hollow, but then popped his head out immediately for a look at us, safe in the knowledge he was out of harm's way in his home.
We're looking forward to bringing our bikes next time, and exploring the site at a slower pace, and hopefully spotting more wildlife on our ride.
Winton Wetlands wildlife
An easy exit from the park, over these cool looking train tracks and onto the Hume for our  homeward journey.
Winton Wetlands Street Art

What: Winton Wetlands
Lake Mokoan Road, Chesney Vale  
When: Daily 9-5
Why: Lake, walks, wildlife, art
How much: FREE to explore

Nearby: Winton Wetlands Goorambat Uniting Church

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