Today is World Wetlands Day.

Wetlands are a vital niche in the environment, with many animals and birds using these areas to survive and flourish.

A prime example of this is the Lara Wetlands near Barcaldine, QLD. These wetlands are situated in Central west Queensland, amongst some pretty dry and arid terrain.

This White-plumed Honeyeater is usually a woodland bird, but they were in abundance at Lara.

funny coincidence! we hiked 12 kms through a peat bog today, because it's too crowded in the weekend nowadays.
It is in a process of being restored after turf winning and some attempted agriculture.
we've seen only a few cormorants, but it's winter over here

#wetlands #hiking

@StroomAfwaarts And almost spelt the same as my surname ;-)
(My family is from around Heemstede, Nederhorst den Berg, Utrecht and Haarlem)

Also very nice places to hike!
Haarlem and Heemstede have very beautiful sea dunes nearby, and Utrecht and Nederhorst den Berg are bordering or even in, another big "wetland": Holland :-)

I grew up in Woerden, quite near Utrecht, a town on a clay hill in the middle of a polder landscape with lots of tiny canals and grass fields on peat

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