Annual shorebird surveys

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Our western district team was recently involved with annual shorebird surveys at critical breeding and feeding sites.

The team sighted some great bird numbers during annual late February shorebird monitoring including:

  • 100 Fairy Terns on St Peters Island (supporting BirdLife Australia's Fairy Tern census)
  • 27 Eastern Curlews (amazing to see as they are critically endangered)
  • 34 Hooded Plovers (threatened species) including 11 fledged juveniles and 2 chicks

Eyre Peninsula’s coastal habitats - including saltmarsh and sandy spits - are essential for many shorebirds.

These surveys were undertaken with Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, National Park and Wildlife Service SA and BirdLife Australia.

Our staff enjoyed working with the Far West Coast Rangers who led the surveys at these critical breeding and feeding sites. Our staff also attended meetings about supporting traditional owners to make decisions on a range of natural resource management items and aligning on-ground works and projects with the Far West Coast Healthy Country Plan.

Annual shorebird surveys
Eastern Curlews photographed during the shorebird surveys by Landscape Officer Andrew Sleep.

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