Port Stephens Wader Count + new thr spp. listings

To: Tom and Mandy Wilson <>,
Subject: Port Stephens Wader Count + new thr spp. listings
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 13:23:49 -0800 (PST)

Alan Stuart was the poster of that message and the Hunter BOC organiser of the 
surveys, which have been conducted with the local NPWS and Marine Park 
Authority for a few years now. As we speak Alan is en-route to Melaleuca, 
Tassie. I'm sure he'd be able to elaborate once he returns next week.

The surveys cover a huge area of Port Stephens and require a great deal of 
organisation. Much of the surveys are carried out in boats, as there is plenty 
of wader habitat in the port that is not accessible by land. The key outcome of 
these surveys has been the number of Pied Oystercatchers. Last week, the NSW 
Scientific Committee upgraded their conservation status in NSW from Vulnerable 
to Endangered and with 144 counted in Port Stephens this represents about half 
of the NSW population estimate (that is, using the references cited by the 
Scientific Committee which could be wrong). 

Incidentally, on the same day as the Pied Oyc was upgraded to Endangered, the 
NSW Scientific Committee made final determinations to list another 5 species as 
Vulnerable in NSW. These are Varied Sitella, Flame Robin, Scarlet Robin, 
Spotted Harrier and Little Eagle. For full details see:

Interestingly, White-browed Woodswallow was preliminarily listed at the same 
time as the above 5 species but didn not get the final determination.


From: Tom and Mandy Wilson <>
Sent: Mon, 15 February, 2010 8:30:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Birdline NSW Weekly Update - Port Stephes Wader Count

Hi all
I saw the following in the Birdline NSW update today - is there a more fulsome 
report of what species were seen and where - possibly from the poster of that 
report or the Hunter Bird Observers?
Tom Wilson

Fri 12 Feb Pied Oystercatcher Port Stephens 144 Pied Oystercatchers were 
recorded in a survey of all of Port Stephens; also 876 Bar-tailed Godwits, 376 
Eastern Curlew, 271 Whimbrel, 10 other wader species, 20+ other waterbirds; 
4,000 birds all up. The survey was by members of Hunter Bird Observers Club in 
collaboration with the local NPWS and the Port Stephens Marine Park Authority.
Alan Stuart


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