FW: Banded Stilts

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Subject: FW: Banded Stilts
From: "Baxter, Chris (DEH)" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 16:01:15 +0930
Its me again. I guess I should have given my personal e-mail address so that
people can send details of Banded Stilts direct to me if they wish to do it
that way. Save cluttering up the chatline. Anyway it is:

Thanks and Cheers

Chris B

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Baxter, Chris  (DEH) 
> Sent: Tuesday, 12 September 2000 15:55
> To:   
> Subject:      Banded Stilts
> Howdy All
> Just a quick note to inform everyone that Banded Stilts are vacating Lake
> Eyre NP and turning up in former haunts further south. As you may be aware
> 20,000 pair nested on Ibis Island in Lake Eyre North this year (July)and
> hatched out about 40-50,000 young. The young have fledged now and since
> the lake is drying back quite quickly it is time for the stilts to move
> on. 
> I saw six Banded Stilts on the shore of Spencer Gulf at Port Augusta last
> week (6/9/00). These were the first Banded Stilts to be seen there since
> they departed in response to heavy rains last February. 
> More significant was the report from birdo Tony Russell of "hundreds and
> hundreds (maybe thousands)" on Penrice Saltfields near Adelaide on
> 10/9/00. He also reported that the majority of them were juveniles, with
> approximately 30% being adults.
> As a ranger with NPWSA part of my job is to keep in touch with local and
> interstate birdos (and I encourage others to do the same) in order to keep
> a handle on Banded Stilt movement away from Lake Eyre. It is important
> that we keep close tabs on the stilts from now on. That is, identifying
> the wetlands they visit, arrival and departure dates and in what numbers.
> What is the percentage ratio of adults to immatures? Keep a lookout for
> yellow leg flagged birds which were banded at Lake Ballard in WA some
> years ago (there were a few nesting at Lake Eyre) etc.
> I will be most appreciative of any reports of Banded Stilts from this
> point of time onwards. I figure the Birds Australia Chatline is the ideal
> medium for me to stay in touch and informed as to what the stilts are
> doing-with help from all of you of course. I guess it will be like a
> Banded Stilt hotline.
> Well thats it for now. Thanking you in advance for your observations.
> Regards
> Chris Baxter

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