I got a frantic call from Canberra, "Quick, Jillie, turn on Channel 10
right now!" Nothing on channel 10 of interest. But we are in Queensland,
and therefore had a reprieve (last day of daylight saving for other
states in the east). It was broadcast at 4pm here, and I agree, it was
an excellent programme, targetting an audience which knows nothing about
shorebirds. It ran for an hour. It covered more than migratory
shorebirds, and included a section on Richard Kingsford's work with
waterbirds and wetlands, nomadism in waterbirds, with quite a good
length on Kakadu waterbirds. It included a section on cannon netting in
Broome, and Clive Minton gave reasons why they flag birds - what
information they seek and for what purpose. Chris Hassall was shown
there explaining a little about wing moult. There was also a good piece
done at Port of Brisbane, where Qld Wader Study Group does monthly
surveys. This is an extremely important artificially-created land
reclamation, where shorebirds are really taken care of in the planning.
Andrew Geering (chair of QWSG) gave a good rundown on the birds they
were viewing. There was emphasis on 'do not disturb the birds' and
reasons given for the advice.
Whilst a specialist shorebirder could find little faults, the general
public were given very good information, and I applaud the work.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
26° 51' 41"S 152° 56' 00"E
On 2/04/2011 10:22 PM, rmacfarl wrote:
I saw that - it was very good.