Foreshore adventure to find endangered shorebirds
MIGRATORY shorebirds from Alaska and Siberia recently arrived on the Sandgate foreshore in time for an Eco Adventure this Sunday, September 24.
Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association (KSBA) is hosting Sandgate’s Wonderful Waders from Arthur Davis Park to inform families about the exciting wildlife in the area.
When migratory waders arrive in Australia, they have been in the air non-stop for 7-9 days and use the foreshore to replenish their reserves or build up reserves for their next 11,000km journey.
The most frequently seen migratory waders in this area include bar-tailed godwits, whimbrels, pacific golden plovers, eastern curlews and red-necked stints.
There are also resident waders including white-headed stilts, pied oystercatchers, masked lapwings which breed in Australia.
Eastern curlews are one of the largest waders, they are critically endangered and used to be in abundance in Sandgate but are difficult to see due to their sandy-coloured plumage.
They hide amongst seagulls and they are one the reasons many people get upset about dogs and people chasing birds on the foreshore.
Brisbane City Council can issue infringements for dogs off leash in the area.
Sandgate is also part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Site which is an inter-governmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
KSBA Eco Adventure Sandgate's Wonderful Waders will begin at Arthur Davis Park, Flinders Parade, Sandgate (next to Sandgate Pool) on Sunday, September 24 from 7am to 9am.
For details contact Lenore on 0410 429 479.
TOP LEFT: Bar-tailed godwits with a tiny red-necked stint.
TOP RIGHT: A whimbrel.
ABOVE: Pacific golden plover.