New Shorebird Feeding Grounds

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Subject: New Shorebird Feeding Grounds
From: "Dean Cutten" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 05:19:01 -0600

I went over this morning (8/1) to the Goolwa Barrage area near the Murray 
Mouth to check out the shorebirds and was supprised how much the water level 
had fallen since I was there several weeks ago. Between the barrage and the 
Goolwa waterfront 3 quite large mud flats have appeared in the centre and 
the birds (ducks and shorebirds) were making the most of it. Ducks included 
many Aust. Shelducks and Teal while the shorebirds were mostly Sharp-tailed, 
Curlew and Little Stints. The water must have dropped a few inches since I 
was last over there so by the end of summer I suspect more mud flats in the 
middle will be exposed although the shoreline has been receding for 

On the sea side of the barrage the most notable shorebirds I saw were 3 Red 
Knots. 5 Gull-billed Terns were also present in full breeding plumage. Early 
last summer I had a single of the subspecies 'afinis' in basic plumage in 
the same area but havn't seen it this summer.

Dean Cutten

Victor Harbor,  SA


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