…the closest thing PHCC have on their staff to a wandering shorebird!
First migration: Drove overland from the UK to Australia in 1988. First spotted (& “banded” – he got a parking ticket) in Darwin. Spotted a few months later at Trial Bay on the mid-north Coast of NSW.
Second migration: Six months later in Sydney (Randwick area). Feeding and watering habitat: Coogee.
Third migration: Recorded nesting at Armidale NSW between 1992 – 1995. Produced one chick (and also got an environmental science degree).
Fourth migration: Recorded foraging along river banks in the Taree area on the mid-north coast of NSW between 1996 and 2004.
Fifth migration: Inland waterways plumage near Albury-Wodonga on the NSW / Vic. Border 2004 – 2014. The chick was well grown by now and left the nest.
Sixth migration: Reverted to coastal plumage and recorded on the far-north coast of NSW near the Queensland border 2014 – 2018.
Seventh migration: Went crazy for an old bird and flew all the way to Mandurah! Recorded skulking about Yalgorup Lakes wetlands. Been spotted on-and-off for about a year – but who knows where he’ll turn up next!