RE: Avocets at Kooragang

Subject: RE: Avocets at Kooragang
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 11:46:20 +1000

The number of Avocets at Kooragang rises and falls.  I have had over 2000 at 
one time and counts over 1000 were regular during my time in Newcastle (1991 
-1998).  I lived at Fullerton Cove and had a wader roost in my backyard.  It 
wasn't unusual to get 500 -1000 Avocet roosting there at high tide.  At times 
they would force the regular roosters there (Greenshank, Marsh Sandpiper and, 
in early autumn, Black-tailed Godwit) to roost elsewhere because of lack of 

The numbers fluctuate according to the condition of our inland wetlands.  
Inland floods would result in a disappearance of the Avocet for quite some 
time.  The numbers would then gradually build up as the inland dried out.  
There would invariably be large numbers of young birds when they returned.

In regards Easter Curlew.  It isn't unusual to get a couple of hundred of these 


David Geering

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph. Freecall 1800 621 056 or 02 6883 5335

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