Life on the River
The Murray-Darling River contains a wide variety of animal and plant
life. In the surrounding woodland areas it is not uncommon to spot an Emu,
Koala Bear, or a Western Grey Kangaroo grazing. Reptiles such as the Bearded
Dragon can be spotted basking in the sun of southeastern Australia. Beautiful
birds such as the Mallee foul, the red rumped parrot, pink cockatoos, black
swans, and white browed treecreepers can be found inhabiting the area.
The Murray-Darling River is home to a wide variety of fish lives.
These fish include Murray Cod, Callop, Catfish, Bream, Macquarie, Perch,
and Redfin. The primary species of plants along the river is the various
forms of willow. The willow has both a positive and negative factor in
the life of the Murray-Darling River. It protects the levee banks of the
river against erosion. On the other hand they crowd out other forms of
wildlife because they are foreign to the way that most of the other native
plants naturally grow.
Here we have located along the Murray-Darling river is a flock
of Pelicans. Along with the pelican the human population happens to enjoy
fishing for sport and leisure. The pelican is a very well known bird spotted
in this area, living on the river year round and feeding on fish.
Another Native bird to the Murray-Darling River is the Black Swan. Here
we see the swan in flight almost skimming the river waters.
The Population of the Murray-Darling spans al the way from the Indian
Ocean to the end of the river, which branches off into the Murray-Darling
Basin. The population of animals that live in, around, and near the river
uses its water as a source of life and recreation.
At the mouth of the Murray-Darling River system connects to the Indian
Ocean. To the left you can see dolphins that swim the mouth of the river
and the ocean that surrounds it.