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Birds at Goran Lake

Goran Lake is currently DRY.

At Goran Lake, an ephemeral lake about 30 km South of Gunnedah, NSW, the following bird species were spotted by us from April 2011 until now (Goran Lake filled up in the summer of 2011 and had water until spring 2013). They are listed here in four categories, according to the timing of their sightings. In some cases the categorisation indicates a trend. We have visited only locations along the lake shore where there is open farmland, without other significant vegetation, beyond roadside weeds and low shrubs. Bird species that are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered, if any, are marked as such.

Goran Lake is listed as a "birding hotspot" on .

Any time of year Lake full (Only when)
lake dry
Irregular or infrequent
Brown Quail

Black Kite

Wedge-tailed Eagle

Spotted Harrier

Black-shouldered Kite

Nankeen Kestrel

Brown Falcon


Superb Fairy-wren

Purple-backed Fairy-wren

Willie Wagtail


Pied Butcherbird

Australian Magpie

Australian Raven

Australian Pipit

Brown Songlark

Black Swan

Australian Wood Duck

Pink-eared Duck

Grey Teal


Pacific Black Duck

Australasian Shoveler

Plumed Whistling-Duck

Australasian Grebe


Great Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

Australian Pelican

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Great Egret

Intermediate Egret

White-faced Heron

White-necked Heron

Straw-necked Ibis

Australian White Ibis

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Purple Swamphen

Eurasian Coot

Red-necked Stint

Bar-tailed Godwit

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Little Curlew

Black-winged Stilt

Red-necked Avocet

Red-capped Plover

Double-banded Plover

Red-kneed Dotterel

Black-fronted Dotterel

Masked Lapwing

Banded Lapwing

Australian Pratincole

Silver Gull

Caspian Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Whiskered Tern

Golden-headed Cisticola


Whistling Kite


Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike

Singing Bushlark

Tree Martin

Welcome Swallow

Australian Reed-Warbler

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Any time of year Lake full (Only when)
lake dry
Irregular or infrequent

Goran Lake is an ephemeral lake 30 km south of Gunnedah, NSW - when full, it has a maximum depth of about 2 m, while its surface area is many square kilometres

Distant view of Coolah Tops NP from the north, across Goran Lake, in April 2011