Bar-tailed Godwits roosting in mangroves

To: "'Jill Dening'" <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Bar-tailed Godwits roosting in mangroves
From: "Steve" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 17:33:20 +1000
Jill?I have a picture of a Wandering Tattler roosting in a tree on lady
Elliot Island. I also recall seeing a small flock of Ruddy Turnstone
roosting in a mangrove.

Cheers Steve Murray


 On Behalf Of Jill Dening
Sent: Monday, 2 February 2009 4:29 PM
To: birding-aus
Subject: Bar-tailed Godwits roosting in mangroves

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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