Observations - Seabirds and Shorebirds
Victoria has a wide variety of coastal and inland habitats which support a diverse population of seabirds and shorebirds. Many species are difficult to find and identify, they can easily go un-noticed or simply viewed as dots on the beach.
This section helps to expand our appreciation of Victoria’s seabirds and shorebirds through sharing observations.
The number of seabirds and shorebirds on
Victoria’s Threatened fauna Advisory List is alarming and testament to how these species have been impacted upon by human activity.
Seabirds on Victoria’s Threated Species Advisory List Endangered Fairy Tern Gull-billed Tern Wandering Albatross Vulnerable Black-browed Albatross Fairy Prion Grey-headed Albatross Little Tern Royal Albatross Shy Albatross Southern Giant-Petrel White-faced Storm-Petrel Yellow-nosed Albatross Near threatened Black-faced Cormorant Caspian Tern Common Diving-Petrel Northern Giant-Petrel Pacific Gull Pied Cormorant Whiskered Tern White-fronted Tern White-winged Black Tern
Shorebirds on Victoria’s Threated Species Advisory List Critically endangered Australian Painted Snipe Greater Sand Plover Lesser Sand Plover Endangered Curlew Sandpiper Great Knot Grey Plover Red Knot Terek Sandpiper Vulnerable Black-tailed Godwit Common Greenshank Common Sandpiper Eastern Curlew Hooded Plover Inland Dotterel Marsh Sandpiper Pacific Golden Plover Ruddy Turnstone Whimbrel Wood Sandpiper Near threatened Australian Pratincole Latham's Snipe Long-toed Stint Pectoral Sandpiper Sanderling Sooty Oystercatcher Adapted from : T hreatened fauna Advisory List (Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (2013)
Seabirds mainly feed at sea, they can roost or nest in coastal environments such as open beaches, islands and cliffs where they tend to be safer from land predators such as foxes and cats.
Crested Terns resting on the expanse of ocean beach at Bridgewater Bay, Victoria.
Image: Rosanna Riddington.
Crested Terns. Image: Rosanna Riddington.
Australasian Gannet Gannet colony at Portland.
Image: Rosanna Riddington. Australasian Gannets. Image: Rosanna Riddington. Australasian Gannets diving for food. Image: Bob McPherson Australasian Gannets feeding frenzy. Image: Bob McPherson.
Black-browed Albatross (sub-adult). Vulnerable. Image: Bob McPherson.
Black-browed Albatross (sub-adult). Image: Bob McPherson. Black-browed Albatross (sub-adult). Image: Bob McPherson. Black-browed Albatross (Adult). Vulnerable. Image: Bob McPherson. Yellow-nosed Albatross (Juvenile). Vulnerable. Image: Bob McPherson. Yellow-nosed Albatross (Adult). Vulnerable. Image: Bob McPherson. Shy Albatross - Vulnerable. Image: Bob McPherson.
Albatross join a feeding frenzy with Gannets and Dolphins in the waters off Portland.
Image: Bob McPherson.
Shorebirds also referred to as waders tend to feed on beaches, intertidal mudflats, salt marshes and rocky shorelines. They can also be found on the shoreline of inland wetlands
Black-fronted Plover (not threatened) on inland lake. R. Clissold. Black-winged Stilt (not threatened). R. Clissold. Hooded Plover (vulnerable). Image: Rosanna Riddington. Latham's Snipe (near threatened) - R. Clissold.
Pied Oystercatcher (not threatened) - R. Clissold. Red-kneed Dotterel (not threatened) - R. Clissold.
Please contribute to the shorebirds images, particularly any of the threatened species mentioned above.