Hooded Plovers - life wasn't meant to be easy.

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Subject: Hooded Plovers - life wasn't meant to be easy.
From: "Roy Harvey" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 21:09:08 +1100

The Shoalhaven Council has established a signed and fenced reserve for Hooded Plovers between Murramarang beach (Bawley Point) and Racecourse Beach (Kioloa). The fenced area is about 100 metres long and the signs about 50 metres further away. The signs say that there are only about 50 Hooded Plovers in NSW.


The heavy seas along this part of the coast since mid-December has meant that high tide almost reaches the permanently grassed areas – leaving little room for nesting


The first time I looked I could see only two adult Plovers, and later in the day found a flock of about 40 Australian Ravens beach coaming the 200 metre area. I thought that any egg(s) wouldn’t last long with this visitation.


A few days later I was pleased to see 3 Hooded Plovers on the beach – 2 adults plus an almost full size juvenile – so my concerns about the Ravens was (probably) unfounded.


Over the 2 weeks I saw about 40 species including Rufous and Golden Whistlers (the female Golden was nest building), an Azure Kingfisher, Satin Bowerbirds, Chestnut Teals (including 6 young striding down a walking track to Lake Meroo), lots of Yellow Robins, Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers (Pieds at Lake Durras), WB Sea Eagles, Black Falcons,  parrots (King, Rainbow, Yellow-Tailed Black, Galah, Sulphur Crested), Lewins’ HE, the usual collection of wattlebirds, Wws, Magpies, thornbills, a few Silver Gulls, Gannets and Paid and Black Cormorants, one Crested Tern, and, swans, pelicans, house Sparrows,  1 Starling etc.  

Other wild life included one tick in the groin and 10 others in my clothes when I was walking through some rainforest remnant right in the middle of Bawley Point.


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