Wonga Wetlands is a wildlife sanctuary. Bird hides enable visitors to watch the wildlife without disturbing the natural setting.
One of the best, and most relaxing, ways of getting closer to birds is to use a hide (or blind). How much better can it get than to sit back on a chair with your lens in position, and a drink by your side, and have birds come and go just metres from you, careless as to your presence? You are comfortable and the birds are comfortable: It's a win-win.
At Wonga Wetlands there are six bird hides located around the wetlands to limit stress on birds or exposing them to danger.
Birders should keep an appropriate distance from all birds they observe. Where possible, stay on marked trails and avoid entering restricted areas, no matter how tempting it may be to venture closer. Disturbing a bird’s feeding area or nesting sites can cause stress and fear that may drive the bird into an area where it is more vulnerable to predators.
Exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording or filming. Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas and important feeding sites.