Fore­shore ad­ven­ture to find en­dan­gered shore­birds

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS -

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.

PHO­TOS: RE­NATE HOTTMANN-SCHAE­FER

TOP LEFT: Bar-tailed god­wits with a tiny red-necked stint.

TOP RIGHT: A whim­brel.

ABOVE: Pa­cific golden plover.

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