It's all happening on Flinders Island

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Subject: It's all happening on Flinders Island
From: knightl <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2003 17:33:18 +1000

Friday, August 1, 2003. 10:43am (AEST)
Banded stilts converge on Flinders Island

Bird watchers on Flinders Island are being treated to a rare sight.

More than 1,000 banded stilts have deserted their South Australian home in favour of the island's rugged east coast.

The species has only been sighted in Tasmania a few times over the past 150 years and they were last spotted at Lauderdale in 1976.

Wildlife biologist Stewart Blackhall says the recent sighting is the largest ever reported in Tasmania.

"It's extremely exciting for anyone who is interested in unusual bird sightings," he said.

"They're spending a lot of time of the east coast of Flinders Island moving between Sellers Lagoon and Logan Lagoon and down to Adelaide Bay in the south-east corner near Lady Baron."

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