Shore Birds - Frequent Flyers

To: rmacfarl <>
Subject: Shore Birds - Frequent Flyers
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2011 09:22:58 +1000
Hi Roger,

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.


Jill Dening
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.

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