Bar-tailed Godwits roosting in mangroves

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwits roosting in mangroves
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 16:29:20 +1000
Hi Everyone,

Trevor Ford and I did a Pumicestone Passage (SEQld, far north of Moreton Bay Marine Park) shorebird roost run on Friday, and Trevor spotted 8 Bar-tailed Godwits roosting in mangroves at a roost where there is no ground space ever on the high tide. Fortunately I did get photographs for any doubters.

Whilst I had always known that all shorebirds are physically capable of roosting in trees, this is the first time in 20 years of birding that I have ever witnessed this. It happened at the Thooloora Island North-west roost in Tripcony Bight, where we normally get good numbers of Whimbrel, Grey-tailed Tattler and Terek Sandpiper.

I'd love to know if others have seen examples of species other than the usual four (Whimbrel, Terek Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper and Grey-tailed Tattler) roosting in trees at high tide. I do recall once seeing a Ruddy Turnstone in a mangrove.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

26° 51' 41"S	152° 56' 00"E

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