Please help protect our newest Hastings Point residents
Hastings Point is always a popular place, particularly for our feathered friends. Here’s an update on some special residents.
The critically endangered Beach Stone-curlew pair continue to diligently incubate their single egg in their protective enclosure, surrounded by locals and holiday makers making the most of the great beach weather.
We expect all going well, their single egg will hatch any day (it hadn’t at the time of going to print) and they will be proud parents of a fully-feathered chick.
On the whole, the public has been super supportive in respecting the curlews, assisted greatly by a steady presence of local bird lovers and members of Northern Rivers Birdlife.
• Dogs are prohibited at the Cudgera Creek Park, estuary and beach. Rangers are doing regular patrols and the public are urged to report sightings of dogs in the signposted dog exclusion zone directly to Council
• Please respect the fenced enclosure. Undue disturbance can cause the parents to move from the nest, affecting incubation and leaving the egg open to predation
Once the egg hatches, the chick and parents may decide to move to a more secluded spot within the Cudgen Creek estuary mouth to start the process of chick-rearing. This is a very vulnerable period for the chick, so again we please request that the public respect the curlews, give them space and keep dogs away from this area.
A birdwatcher recently reported to Council a week-old Pied Oystercatcher chick being fed by its parents – also at Cudgera Creek, Hastings Point. The Pied Oystercatcher is another of the Tweed Coast’s threatened beach-nesting birds.
The Pied Oystercatcher had been incubating their eggs, again protected by a rope fence enclosure on the beach side of the creek when locals reported the nest as abandoned. However the pair obviously managed to successfully hatch one of their eggs and is now utilising the Cudgera Creek Estuary to raise their chick.
Both parents have yellow leg flags ‘L4’ and ‘L6’ with both birds born in 2009 at Brunswick River and Belongil (respectively) in the Byron Shire.
They are well known locals at Cudgera Creek, having lived here for many years. As with the Beach Stone-curlews please respect the oystercatchers, give them space and keep dogs away from this area.
Pictured guarding its egg at Hastings Point is the critically endangered Beach Stone-curlew.
This baby Pied Oystercatcher chick needs our help to keep safe.