Short-tailed Shearwaters on the Gold Coast Broadwater

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Subject: Short-tailed Shearwaters on the Gold Coast Broadwater
From: Judy Leitch <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:46:53 +1000
A survey today on Wavebreak sand bank island in the Gold Coast Broadwater saw 4 
Short-tailed Shearwaters (plus one dead on the eastern side).
The bird photographed was in the shallows about a metre from the shoreline.

I have never seen Shearwaters in the Broadwater, but others may have done so?

The survey, organised by Bob Westerman, also found 51 Eastern Curlews, numbers 
of Whimbrels, Bar-tailed Godwits, Pied Stilts, Crested, Common and Little 
Terns, Pelicans, a Little Black Cormorant, Gull-billed and  Caspian Tern.

It was a terrific sight to see some of the 64 Little Terns bathing in the 
shallows as the tide came in. 

The 1.6m high tide meant the roost was very crowded as vines are now covering 
many of the sand banks and restricting roosting areas.

Judy Leitch


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