Pending end to casual access to the Manly Wader Roost

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Subject: Pending end to casual access to the Manly Wader Roost
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 17:36:35 +1000
I've heard from several sources that now that the Manly Boat Harbour intends to construct a heavy duty fence to stop people accessing the Manly wader roost. Previous fences were rapidly cut by fishermen, who opened the way for the birdwatchers as well as joggers and people walking dogs. Once the new fence goes up, access will be probably be limited authorised birding groups such as the wader study group.

There were still good numbers of birds at the roost this morning, with a few sporting green flags [placed on them by the local wader study group]. Ultimately, there were fewer golden plovers and godwits, and those that remained included many well coloured individuals. The stints [one orange flagged] were still in non-breeding plumage, but were looking plump, and there were hundreds of tattlers [one with a light blue flag on its left leg].

I also had a look at the new birding facilities at the Port of Brisbane - you need to get a key from the info centre to get in to the bird hides etc, and the info centre is closed on Saturdays - open 9-5 weekdays and 10-4 on Sundays. I didn't see much of interest from outside of the fence [quite a few marshies, chestnut teal, stilts etc].

I also had a look at the Lytton wader roost - there were large numbers of whimbrels and quite a few godwits, a few golden sands and stints, and a lone E curlew.

Regards, Laurie.


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