Shorebirds

The Hunter Region Landcare Network and Mid Coast 2 Tops Landcare Connection are working together with other organisations such as Birdlife Australia and Hunter Local Land Services to deliver an exciting community program that will take a closer look at shorebirds of the Hunter and Manning regions.

 

We invite you to join us and participate in our community events at local markets, libraries, museums, and shorebird safaris. Details to be released soon. 

Little Tern

A small shorebird at 25cm long as an adult, you may see them along our coastline and estuaries, plunging into shallow water, taking small fish swimming just below the water surface.

Eastern Curlew

Listed as a Critically Endangered species of Australia, it is vitally important that we preserve our coastal wetlands as their habitat. They are a large shorebird at 63cm long, with a long curved bill that they use to dig in the mudflats of our estuaries, digging up crabs to eat. 

Bar-tailed Godwit

This species has been recorded as flying 11,000kms across the globe non-stop! So when they reach the mudflats of our estuaries, they need lots of good food sources such as molluscs, worms and aquatic insects, and quality habitat. You will see them arrive in our area in August each year. This species is also listed as a Critically Endangered shorebird of Australia. 

Australian Pied Oystercatcher

A distinctive black and white shorebird with orange bill and legs, at about 46cm long, they are common along our rock platforms and beaches digging their chisel-shaped bill into catch molluscs which they prise apart. They have a distinctive pipping call which sounds like they are constantly talking to each within the group.

Australasian Bittern

A large shorebird at 75cm long, partially nocturnal, this species is listed as Endangered. Its habitat includes coastal wetlands containing reed beds. They feed on small animals such as frogs, yabbies, snails and spiders, and they do this by ‘stalking’ their prey, standing very still and waiting.

 

Pied Stilt

This species very long legs provides an explanation for their name. Common in our coastal and freshwater wetlands, standing at 37cm. They are a more social species, most often seen in groups, feeding mainly on aquatic insects and crustaceans as they wade in shallow water.

 

Shorebird Downloads

BirdLife Australia has produced a detailed Shorebird ID Booklet (pocket size DL) to help counters learn about the distinctive features of each species in this similar-looking group of birds. 

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This project is supported by funding from Hunter Local Land Services through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program