2017 Waterbird Survey Map

Date Location Description
Day 24, Narran Lakes to the Macquarie Marshes Last day of the 2017 survey – there was a pep in our step today. No more crack of dawn rises and late nights transcribing data after today. I spent…
Day 23, Gingham Watercourse to Yarraman Weir Just a few more days of aerial survey for 2017 – we’re all looking forward to the 35th year finishing. From Sydney, we headed straight for Moree and…
Day 21, Lake Brewster to Middle Lake Away early again. We had a bit of catching up to do, given the late start the previous day. First stop was Lake Brewster. This once natural lake is…
Day 20, Lachlan River to Griffith Plans went a bit awry today with a sequence of events related to the weather and planes (not ours) which meant we didn’t get away until 2pm from…
Day 19, Coorong to Lake Alexandrina Our routine on our second day down in this part of the world was to always spend the morning, ended up being over four hours, flying down the Murray-…
Day 18, Goolwa to Lake Albert Up early, just on daybreak, and off today down the lower Murray to the Lower Lake and the Coorong, near Goolwa. We started our survey on this part…
Day 17, Albury to Hattah-Kulkyne Lakes Today we headed off on one of my favourite – the flight down the River Murray, starting up near Albury where we had to put on a full tank of fuel for…
Day 16, Wangaratta to Dartmouth Dam The last day of this leg and we spent the usual discussion the evening before about when we should leave. A big front was on its way. Just to…
Day 15, Port Fairy to the Winton Wetlands Once again – the weather dominated early. Leaving at about seven, we hoped to dodge the rain coming in. First, we finished the rest of Band 1, along…
Day 14, Sydney to Phillip Island Heading south over the next two days to do the two southerly bands – Band 2 and Band 1. The forecast was a bit worrying with clouds building up in…
Day 13, Griffith to Sydney The clouds were banking up to the west when we left Griffith at sunrise. Low cloud makes surveying impossible and so we left early, leaving a rainbow…
Day 11, Sydney to Lake Cawndilla Observer: Richard Kingsford I always look forward to seeing the country from the air each year, even though I have been doing this for over 30 years…
Day 10, Armidale to Sydney The last day of the survey and after 11 days in the light aircraft I am looking forward to some home comforts and routine. There was excitement upon…
Day 9, Broken Hill to Armidale We have begun to behave like the water birds we count. Today we followed the rain front which passed through White Cliffs last night, wakening us…
Day 8, St George to Broken Hill Cool weather is a delight when aerial surveying. It also generally means more stable conditions and thus more comfort for the three of us in the…
Day 7, Quilpie to St George After overnighting in the Mulga Country town of Charleville we continued our journey east towards Kingaroy where beautiful red volcanic soils…
Day 6, Windorah to Quilpie The softness of the strong red spinifex covered dunes west of Windorah in the early morning light is a beautiful sight. Immediately to the south and…
Day 5, Rockhampton to Windorah A 7.30 departure into cloudy weather had us heading southeast to our first wetland of the day in Band eight. A rain front is threatening from the…
Day 4, Mt Isa to Rockhampton We headed down to the Channel Country Rivers this morning for one of the longest days in the plane. So a pre-sunrise start saw us in the air to catch…
Day 3, Airlie Beach to Mt Isa Shute Harbour airport at 8am is frenetic. Light planes of all sizes vie with helicopters to shuttle tourists to and from the nearby islands and to…
Day 2, Maroochydore to Airlie Beach The gods were with us today as the weather cleared after Maroochydore had received a long awaited and badly needed fall of around 110mm. Properties…
Day 1, Sydney to Maroochydore There is a saying about,  ”the best laid plans…………..” which today proved correct.   A slow moving weather front prevented us from flying our normal…