2018 Waterbird Survey Map

Date Location Description
Day 23, Moree to Sydney Observer: John Porter   The final day of aerial survey for 2018 dawns clear and cool – we start early, hoping to beat the heat as we head into the…
Day 22, Sydney to Moree Observer: John Porter   This leg of aerial survey marks the last few days for 2018 – we head out of Sydney in clear weather for Moree and the…
Day 21, Swan Hill to Sydney Observer: Richard Kingsford   We headed off early again to do the final set of wetlands on this leg – the Kerang Lakes. We started with a series…
Day 20, Sydney to Balranald Observer: Richard Kingsford We headed west from Sydney into a howling westerly, bringing the plane to a crawl at just over 100 knots in the face of…
Day 19, Goolwa to Sydney Observer: Richard Kingsford   Home run today, via the lower River Murray between Berri and Mildura. We left the Murray Mouth and the Coorong behind…
Day 18, Survey of the Lower Lakes Observer: Richard Kingsford For our full day on the Coorong and the Lower Lakes today, we had a full plane, stacked with eight people, including our…
Day 17, Mildura to Goolwa Observer: Richard Kingsford We got up early again to make sure we capitalised on whatever still cool air was around. It was great early but got hot…
Day 16, Sydney to Mildura Observer: Richard Kingsford Today was the start of the River Murray survey. After leaving Sydney, we picked up Terry, our other observer in Canberra…
Day 15, Wangaratta to Sydney Observer: John Porter   Another day of clear blue skies almost no wind beckons us out of Wangaratta and we start by counting along the King, Ovens…
Day 14, Warrnambool to Wangaratta Observer: John Porter Clear blue skies greet us as we head out of Warrnambool towards the Coorong in South Australia – hoping the improved weather…
Day 13, Sydney to Warrnambool Observer: John Porter Another grey and overcast day dawns as we head southwards from Sydney via the NSW coast. Our first stops are Avon and Cordeaux…
Day 12, Griffith to Sydney Observer: John Porter Steady rain overnight in Griffith is extremely welcome for the locals but not so helpful for low level aerial survey work. We…
Day 11, Broken Hill to Griffith Observer: John Porter Heading out of Broken Hill to Menindee Lakes we are relieved to find the previous day's dust storms have subsided and…
Day 10, Sydney to Broken Hill Observer: John Porter Today marked the beginning of the NSW leg of our surveys. We head out of Sydney through heavy cloud to our first port of call…
Day 9, William Creek to Sydney Observer: Richard Kingsford   We left Tibooburra early in gloriously crisp and sunny conditions and finished the day dodging storms and bouncing…
Day 8, Cunnamulla to Tibooburra Observer: Richard Kingsford We had a fairly short day flying along part of Band 6 which eventually goes out to Lake Eyre. Our inspection of…
Day 7, Quilpie to St George Observer: Richard Kingsford   Today we surveyed a particularly dry stretch on a dry continent. There was very little water between Charleville and…
Day 6, Windorah to Quilpie Observer: Richard Kingsford Overnight on Noonbah Station was a treat, just north of Survey Band 8 and on a tributary of the Thomson River. Their…
Day 5, Rockhampton to Windorah Observer: Richard Kingsford   Royal spoonbill on the lagoon at Botanic Gardens   Yesterday – the rest day for our pilot Tim – gave us some time…
Day 4, Mt Isa to Rockhampton Observer: Richard Kingsford A daybreak start was a must before the heat hit which it eventually did, but at least we got some early flying in. Out…
Day 3, Airlie Beach to Mt Isa Observer: Richard Kingsford   Great day to start flying today, with no wind. We can deal with the heat – 35oC west of the Great Divide – but a…
Day 2, Maroochydore to Airlie Beach Observer: Richard Kingsford Out of Maroochydore on a fairly miserly morning but the rain soon disappeared. We started with the most eastern part of…
Day 1, Sydney to Maroochydore Observer: Richard Kingsford Out of Bankstown airport for aerial survey 36 – every year for more than three decades we have been counting the…