Adelaide Survey Route

National Waterbird Survey – Adelaide Survey Route

Sunday, 23rd November, 2008 - Observers: Stuart Halse, Paul Wainwright. Heli-Muster Pilot : Phil Stainthorp

Wetlands inland of Adelaide in south-eastern SA were nearly all dry. The few wetlands with water supported relatively large populations of waterbirds, with Black Swan, Australian Shelduck and Grey Teal Common. Chestnut Teal and Royal Spoonbill also occurred in moderate numbers. Bool Lagoon, a Ramsar-listed wetland, was dry in contrast to the extensive irrigation to the east. Another surprise was that many wetlands marked for survey in the map layer we used were, in fact, cleared and either part of dryland paddocks or irrigated areas.

    

Monday, 24th November, 2008 - Observers: Stuart Halse, Paul Wainwright. Heli-Muster Pilot : Phil Stainthorp

Large wetlands on the coast west of Mt Gambier, such as Lake George, provided us with interesting surveying because they held large numbers of waterbirds. Once away from the coast, however, wetlands were dry. The same pattern was observed on Kangaroo Island, where estuaries produced good counts but most small wetlands were dry. Moderate numbers of waterbirds occurred on the coastline north of Adelaide but the surprise of the day was a small sewerage treatment pond with massive numbers of Grey Teal, once again demonstrating that treatment ponds are great waterbird habitat.

      

Tuesday, 25th November, 2008 - Observers: Stuart Halse, Paul Wainwright. Heli-Muster Pilot : Phil Stainthorp

Coastal saline wetlands of the Eyre Peninsula and areas to the west supported large numbers of waterbirds, although inland parts of the Peninsula were dry. It was surprising how many birds were counted on some hypersaline wetlands, including Cape Barren Geese. In some cases birds were concentrated around freshwater seeps. A considerable amount of shoreline was also counted and, as with the previous day, Silver Gulls and Oystercatchers (both Sooty and Pied) were a prominent. However, the most memorable part of the counts was the coastal scenery of blue water, sand dunes and cliffs.

      

Wednesday, 26th November, 2008 - Observers: Stuart Halse, Paul Wainwright. Heli-Muster Pilot : Phil Stainthorp

On the final day of the National Waterbird Count for our team, we returned to Adelaide from Ceduna, counting at Ceduna, Streaky Bay and the southern part of Yorke Peninsula. The coastline around Ceduna supported moderate numbers of shorebirds and other waterbirds. The Yorke Peninsula was dry with only coastal wetlands containing water. It was a short day of counting but a satisfying one as we completed our share of the two months of waterbird counting across Australia.

  

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National Waterbird Survey
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