Wintering waders at Price Saltworks SA

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Subject: Wintering waders at Price Saltworks SA
From: Ian May <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 08:45:15 +0930
g'Day all

Arrived home at Price SA from St Helens Tas. on Saturday afternoon and visited the saltworks late yesterday. Surprising numbers of waders were moving in from from the exposed tidal flats of St Vincent Gulf as an extensive line squall with embedded rain storms approached from the South West .

Eastern Curlew 4, Whimbrel 4 (8), Bar-tailed Godwit 12 (22), Greenshank 50+, also 30+ knots from distance into sun with rain, unable to identify spp. Also RN Stints in small numbers. Also of interest were good numbers of Fairy Tern 60 (100) and one Cape Barren Goose. Last June a single bird was seen on the tidal flats at Port Vincent 30 Nm. SSW of Price and also one is occasionally seen at Cape Elizabeth, 29 Nm. WNW of Price on Spencer Gulf

Although there were Red-necked Avocet 60 (100) present, Banded Stilts are absent. Only one, a fully coloured bird was seen with a flock of 20+ Black-winged Stlits. Absence of the usual large numbers of Banded Stilt here probably indicate the population has headed north for a breeding event. Has anybody had a look at Lake Torrens or Lake Callabonna or perhaps Lake Grace WA since the recent rain?


Ian May
Price S.A.

(08) 88376212

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