Shorebird identification can be a tricky business and two, linked, events were organised to help those interested in putting names to birds. Steward Ford of DBCA, based in Albany, led a workshop at the CRC to unravel Knots, sort Sandpipers and procrastinate over Plovers. The following day he led the group assembled at Morley Beach to put their knowledge to the test, telescopes and binoculars were trained on the water’s edge and for once the birds cooperated and excellent views were had of Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshanks, Curlew Sandpipers, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Stilts, Red-capped Plovers, Oystercatchers and Avocets. Relief from head-scratching over shorebirds was provided by a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles, a Sea Eagle, Whistling Kite, 650 Swans, Egrets and various ducks as well as bush birds in the fringing Melaleucas. Brilliant!!
Many thanks to Green Skills, the Shire of Denmark who funded our new screen and projector and to the Great Southern Science Council for their financial support.