Blessed - Wonga Wetlands, Albury NSW - The HDR Experience

Philip Johnson

Newport Beach, Australia

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I had great fun wandering this magical area , the home to hundreds of bird species that have made home to this oasis, add to that the wonderful sunsets over the Murray and to get one like this you do feel Blessed !

“Wonga” is Wiradjuri for Black Cormorant, still one of the most abundant bird species in this area. The Wonga Wetlands was named to give recognition to the local flora and fauna, and the important relationship the Aboriginal people had with this environment.

*Restoring Natural Flow *

A unique environmental development has taken shape downstream from Albury, along the floodplain of the Murray River – the Wonga Wetlands.

The water that is bringing new life to this beautiful country is not directly from the river – it’s from the AlburyCity’s wastewater treatment systems.

During the warmer months the reclaimed treated wastewater is used for irrigation, while in wetter months it is redirected to the wetlands, helping to restore the natural flow regime.

Since the construction of the Hume Dam in 1919, the Murray River has been regulated for irrigation and does not flood as often. When flooding occurs, it is now often in the late Spring or Summer and is of a lower intensity.

This alteration to the natural flow has dried out many of the floodplain wetlands and billabongs, destroying the bird and fish breeding habitat.

The Wonga Wetlands development is an opportunity to revert to the original hydrological regime, with birds and other wildlife now returning to the wetlands

For more information on Wonga Wetlands"

Equipment: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Manfrotto Tripod, Luck
Technique:HDR, 5 Braketted Exposures, Photomatix Pro, Tidy up in Capture NX

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