Port Stephens NSW

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Subject: Port Stephens NSW
From: "Stuart, Alan AD" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:36:36 +1100
On Sunday 18 Feb, Hunter BOC did a survey of Port Stephens (which is
located approx 60km N of Newcastle NSW).  The main purpose was to count
the waders present but we recorded all waterbirds while we are at it.
This is the 4th year of such a survey, which is done in collaboration
with the local NPWS office.  We had 6 teams go out in boats, which were
arranged and skippered by NPWS, and the teams simultaneously surveyed
various sub-sections of Port Stephens at high tide.  We have used the
same methodology in all 4 years of surveying.

The total for the waders was 1,750 birds, and also 1,988 other
waterbirds were present.  Both of these counts are fairly consistent
with 2 of the previous years (in the other year, the counts for
everything were down by about 50-70%).  Details were:

Black-tailed Godwit        1

Bar-tailed Godwit           809

Whimbrel                      215

Eastern Curlew              329

Common Greenshank     13

Terek Sandpiper             6

Grey-tailed Tattler          100

Ruddy Turnstone            5

Red-necked Stint           59

Pied Oystercatcher        108

Sooty Oystercatcher      11

Red-capped Plover         41

Lesser Sand Plover        3

Masked Lapwing            50

Black Swan                   418

Aust. Wood Duck          41

Pacific Black Duck         35

Grey Teal                      10

Chestnut Teal                25

Little Penguin                1

Darter                           5

Little Pied Cormorant      97

Pied Cormorant              221

Little Black Cormorant    17

Great Cormorant            55

Australian Pelican          156

White-faced Heron         44

Little Egret                    2

Great Egret                   9

Striated Heron               11

Nankeen Night Heron     8

Australian White Ibis      192

Royal Spoonbill              1

Arctic Jaeger                 1

Silver Gull                      449

Gull-billed Tern               19

Caspian Tern                 1

Crested Tern                  161

Common Tern                5

Little Tern                      4

>From what I understand about population estimates, the Pied
Oystercatchers were present at 1% of the world population for the
species and Eastern Curlew at fractionally under 1%, and the Whimbrel
numbers represent about 2% of the Australian migrating population.


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