Lake Eyre

Subject: Lake Eyre
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 11:00:20 +0800

I watched the 7:30 Report segment on Lake Eyre with the brief interview with
Clive Minton.  Was this segment cut short because of Hansie Cronje?  I had
several questions after the segment.

Were the Silver Gulls breeding?
Were the Red-capped Plovers breeding?
Was there only one Banded Stilt colony?
Did the Banded Stilts that lost their eggs / young attempt to renest?  Maybe
somewhere else?
Did the Australian Pelicans attempt to nest this year?
Did any cormorants attempt to nest anywhere?
Do Silver Gulls only predate the Banded Stilt colonies?
Was any attempt made to determine where the Banded Stilts came from to breed?
Similarly, where did the Silver Gulls come from?

Is anyone aware that the flats near Sandfire Roadhouse (southern part of Anna
Plains Station) 200km south of Broome in NW Western Australia have flooded
again?  I know in previous years that large numbers of Black-winged Stilts
(1,000s) turn up there to breed, along with large numbers of Whiskered Terns,
ducks, etc.  There have been press reports of the fish that are now there but no
mention of the birds.  Where do the Black-winged Stilts come from?  Why do
Black-winged Stilts flock to this area and not Banded Stilts, and vice versa why
do Banded Stilts flock to Lake Eyre, etc and not Black-winged Stilts?  Is it
fresh versus salt water?

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