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At the Beach

At the Beach human development puts stress on the spaces seabirds have to live and breed. Their lives are threatened by people, dogs and vehicles. Development of mudflats and swamps in Australia and on their route across Asia endangers the thousands of migrant birds that make the journey from the northern hemisphere to Australia each year.

Link to critically endangered Eastern Curlew

Picture: This Little Tern has made a fine catch to share with its partner on their beach-side nest. They live and breed along Australia’s eastern, south-east and northern coastlines.

The critically endangered Eastern Curlew migrates from Russia each summer. Numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly as Asian stop-over and refuelling mudflats are reclaimed and developed.

The critically endangered Eastern Curlew migrates from Russia each summer. Numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly as Asian stop-over and refuelling mudflats are reclaimed and developed.

Between sea and dunes small birds like this Red-capped Plover dodge beach goers to feed at waters edge. Red-capped are the most common of the plovers and seen on most Australian sandy beaches.

Between sea and dunes small birds like this Red-capped Plover dodge beach goers to feed at waters edge. Red-capped are the most common of the plovers and seen on most Australian sandy beaches.

Silver Gulls, the most common Australian gull, is a familiar scavenger of food scraps at the beach and around the city.

Silver Gulls, the most common Australian gull, is a familiar scavenger of food scraps at the beach and around the city.

Pied Oystercatchers live up to their name eating shellfish and oysters. They probe in the mud with with their long bills for food.

Pied Oystercatchers live up to their name eating shellfish and oysters. They probe in the mud with with their long bills for food.

Pelicans are seen at the beaches, lagoons and estuaries and sometimes on ponds and lakes at long way inland.

Pelicans are seen at the beaches, lagoons and estuaries and sometimes on ponds and lakes at long way inland.

This Hooded Plover, with his name tag, is one of 50 survivors still left on NSW beaches. Hooded Plovers nest precariously between the sandhills and high-water mark on popular surf beaches.

This Hooded Plover, with his name tag, is one of 50 survivors still left on NSW beaches. Hooded Plovers nest precariously between the sandhills and high-water mark on popular surf beaches.

White-bellied Sea-Eagles are often seen perching in trees near the sea before soaring effortlessly. They are found around Australia’s coast but also on inland waterways and lakes.

White-bellied Sea-Eagles are often seen perching in trees near the sea before soaring effortlessly. They are found around Australia’s coast but also on inland waterways and lakes.

The Australasian Gannet is seen along Australia’s eastern and southern coastline. They are usually offshore (pelagic), flying then diving vertically to catch fish.

The Australasian Gannet is seen along Australia’s eastern and southern coastline. They are usually offshore (pelagic), flying then diving vertically to catch fish.

The Bar-tailed Godwit has the record for the longest non-stop flight of 11,000 km from Alaska to New Zealand in eight days. “Australia’s” Godwits nest in Scandinavia, North Asia and Alaska!

The Bar-tailed Godwit has the record for the longest non-stop flight of 11,000 km from Alaska to New Zealand in eight days. “Australia’s” Godwits nest in Scandinavia, North Asia and Alaska!