Field Work Programme

Fieldwork 2020 July – December

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Mon 22 JunRhyll
Overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit
1400
sunset 1708
3.02
Tues 21 JulyStockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers
1327
sunset 1724
2.93
Tues 18 Aug.Rhyll
Pied Oystercatchers or Bar-tailed Godwit
1146
sunset 1745
2.68
Sat. 19 Sept.Stockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers
1407
sunset 1814
2.89
Mon 21 to Wed 23 Sept.Corner Inlet
Flag Sightings
(subject to PV boat availability)
1505 16502.51
2.66
Saturday in October to be announcedVWSG AGM 
Tues 27 Oct to Tues 3 NovSouth Australia
Retrieval of geolocators from Ruddy Turnstone and percent juvenile data
Tues 27 Oct and Tues 3 Nov are travelling days to and from
Victoria
 
Thurs. 5 Nov.Mud Island
Caspian and Crested Tern chicks
(subject to PV Boat availability)
09420.60
Mon 9 Nov. to Tues. 10 Nov.Yallock Creek.
Retrieval of geolocators from Red Neck Stint and Curlew Sandpiper and percent juvenile data.
Set net Sun 8 Nov. Stay Sunday and Monday night at Harewood House.
0717 0756
sunrise 0605
2.86
2.76
Sun 15 Nov.Flinders
Ruddy Turnstone flagging and percent juvenile data
Meet at 0730 at Mushroom Reef Beach.
12031.40
Mon 30 Nov to
Tues. 8 Dec.
King Island
Retrieval of geolocators from Ruddy Turnstone and percent
juvenile data.
 
Fri 4 DecMud Island
Caspian and Crested Tern chicks
(subject to PV boat availability)
09190.92
Thurs. 17 Dec.Corner Inlet
Caspian and Crested Tern chicks
(subject to PV boat availability)
 
Sat 19 DecThe Nobbies
Crested Tern chicks
09470.57
Mon. 28 Dec. to Wed. 30 Dec.Western Treatment Plant (Werribee S.F)
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Accommodation to be resolved).
1320
1502
0.80
0.80

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We ask that you continue to follow public health measures and stay informed here www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Requirements:

  • You must now pre-register to attend field work.
  • If you can, avoid carpooling with people from outside your household. This will further minimise the risk of prolonged exposure to the virus.
  • Follow the 1.5 metre social-distancing requirements at all times.
  • You will need to provide your full contact details on the day to comply with contact-tracing. 
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer

Please consider downloading the COVIDSAFE app  before attending a field trip.

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app

 Additional fieldwork will be considered for this period and you will be advised accordingly.

Fieldwork 2020 January – July

After much deliberation, the VWSG is suspending group field activities for 12 weeks until 20 June 2020. This decision has particularly impacted on the ability to retrieve and deploy geolocators on turnstone in SA (the King Island trip has not gone ahead due to a number of factors but could not have proceeded under the current Tasmanian interstate travel requirements. This also impacted on turnstone geolocator recoveries and deployment).

We will plan to have catches organised for when we get active again in order to salvage something from the winter period, but certainly hope to be back in action next summer.

Fortunately, over the past couple of months we managed to retrieve a number of geolocators from curlew sandpipers and red-necked stint and deploy new batches for (hopefully) retrieval next year.

Fieldwork 2019 July – December

Programme pending

Please note: The VWSG committee is currently conducting a review of the group’s research and field work priorities. A new programme will be available later in the year once this review is completed. Please contact the VWSG Chair if you would like further details.

In the meantime, we encourage all members to head out into the field and look for flag sightings of both resident and migratory waders. There may be some young birds flagged over the 2018-2019 spring-summer season hanging around. And oystercatchers will be flocking now so winter is a good opportunity to look for flagged birds.

And for those that enjoy counting, the winter Western Port survey is occurring on June 15. Contact Andrew Silcocks at BirdLife Australia if you’re interested in participating. Or if you’d prefer to count another shorebird area over winter, contact Dan Weller to find our the schedule for your location shorebird area.

Fieldwork 2019 January – July

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTide time
Tide height (m)
Fri 11 JanYallock Creek
Small waders
Meet 1300 to set net
Stay overnight at Harewood House
18:072.71
Sat 12 JanYallock Creek
Small waders
Meet 0600
Following catch, set net at Stockyard Point
Stay overnight at Harewood House
06:343.06
Sun 13 JanStockyard Point
Small waders
Meet 0530 Jam Jerrup
07:033.01
Thur 24 JanBarrallier Island, Western Port
Small waders
By boat from Tooradin
Depart Tooradin 0900 (Low tide 0948)
16:45
2.84
Thur 14 to
Mon 18 Feb
Corner Inlet
Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Thursday afternoon (meet at Manns Beach)
(Stay overnight at Manns Beach Hall)
09:01
09:45
2.57
2.57
Sat 23 FebRhyll (Observation Point)
Bar-tailed Godwit
16:593.05
Fri 22 to
Sunday 31 March
King Island
n/a
n/a
Fri 5 to
Sun 14 April
South Australia
Travel days Fri 5 March and Sun 14 April
n/a
n/a

Note:

This Program is for the early part of 2019 as there are no suitable tides for Corner Inlet during May to July. Additional fieldwork will be considered for this period and you will be advised accordingly. So far there are likely to be:

  1. A further attempt will be made to catch Eastern Curlew at Inverloch to deploy satellite transmitters.
  2. A return visit to Werribee to catch Red-necked Stint – likely later in January.

Fieldwork 2018 January – July

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTide timeTide height (m)
Sat 6 JanYallock Creek
Small waders
Set net 1200
17002.80
Tue 9 Jan to
Wed 10 Jan
Stockyard Point
Small waders
Set net 1400
(Stay overnight on 9th at Harewood House)
0750
(Sat)
2.89
Fri 26 Jan to
Sat 27 Jan
Barrallier Island, Western Port
Small waders
By boat from Tooradin
(Stay overnight on 26th at Harewood House)
0808
(Sat)
2.71
Mon 29 Jan to
Thur 1 Feb
Corner Inlet
Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
(Stay at Manns Beach Hall)
0960
to
1308
2.62
to
2.42
Sat 3 FebFriends of Shorebirds SE AGM
Campbell’s residence, 22 Lindsay Street, Mt Gambier
Commencing 11am
RSVP to Jeff and Sarah (for catering) – sarah.jeffcampbell@bigpond.com
NANA
Sun 4 FebRhyll
Bar-tailed Godwit
1653
2.84
Sat 24 Feb to
Sun 25 Feb
Barry Beach
Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpiper
Set net Friday 23
Stay overnight 23th and 24th at Davidson’s House, Yanakie
0737
to
0811
2.59
to
2.62
Sat 17 Mar to
Mon 26 Mar
King Island


Fri 30 Mar to
Sun 8 April
South Australia
Travel days Friday 30 March and Sunday 8 April
Fri 22 June to
Sat 23 June
Corner Inlet
Overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Thursday 21
(Stay overnight on 21st and 22nd Davidson’s House, Yanakie)
0741
to
0832
2.49
to
2.41
Fri 29 June to
Sat 30 June
Corner Inlet
Overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Friday 29
(Stay overnight on 28th and 29th Davidson’s House, Yanakie)
1423
to
1511
2.46
to
2.53

Important note for cannon netting catch participants

The VWSG and its sister group FOSSE have been through some significant changes to our permitting and approvals. Participants must have at least a C class permit issued by Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) to touch a bird or help set a net or trap. They must also be listed on the ethics permit and the scientific permit.

Non-permit holders can: carry bird bags, look in keeping cages to make sure birds are ok, put up keeping cages, count birds into keeping cage, gather seaweed for putting on the net, scribing, dismantling equipment – i.e anything that does not involve touching a bird.

C Class banding permits are, in effect, a learner’s permit. If you wish to come out catching with us, and to handle birds, you will need to complete an application form for the licence and another form to be on the Ethics permit. There is no fee. To find out more check the ABBBS website. You will also need to sign the application forms so that you can be added to the ethics permits. If you already have a banding licence (C, R or A), you will need to send the catch organiser a copy and also sign the Ethics permit form.

Participation Arrangements

The meeting time is normally 5 hours before high tide.

Please try and let Penny or Rob know, by email or by phone, several days before each fieldwork activity if you are planning to participate. This greatly helps reduce the number of phone calls which organizers have to make to complete a satisfactory team for each activity.

Penny Johnspennyjohns@hotmail.com
0419 366 507
Rob Patrickrob@farmingminds.com.au
0408 429 944