Please help pro­tect our new­est Hast­ings Point res­i­dents

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Hast­ings Point is al­ways a pop­u­lar place, par­tic­u­larly for our feath­ered friends. Here’s an up­date on some spe­cial res­i­dents.

Beach Stone-curlews

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.

Please re­mem­ber:

• 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.

Pied Oys­ter­catch­ers

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.

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