Successful Spring Wings on King Surveys
Birdlife staff Dr Jenny Lau and Lindall Kidd were lucky enough to take part in the Spring Wings on King surveys during the last weekend of October. Wings on King aims to monitor bird populations on King Island with the help of enthusiastic birders. Despite the unique bird life on King Island, little is known about species' movements and populations.
Jenny and Lindall were treated to perfect weather to undertake surveys around the island. Spring is a magical time of year to visit King Island, and they reported many birding highlights, including an up-close encounter with the Vulnerable King Island Endemic Black Currawong. King Island also welcomed the return of migratory shorebirds including Common Greenshanks, Bar-tailed Godwits, Ruddy Turnstones and Pacific Golden Plovers. Although they missed the flock of Swift Parrots, they were treated to many other wildlife sightings, including a basking Lowland Copperhead snake.
After surveying, Birdlife staff learnt how to create habitat to protect biodiversity during an incredible workshop with King Island horticulturalist, Carmen Holloway. Read more about the survey weekend here.
The weekend was filled with great birding and great people. Jenny and Lindall would especially like to thank coordinator Kate Ravich and all the wonderful survey volunteers.
The next Wings on King Surveys are 25th-28th April 2019 – Don’t miss out!
From the 6th of April 2019, King Island will also be celebrating the inaugural Festival of Arts Culture and the Environment, with the theme 'Birds in Our Lives’ Learn more.