Field Work Programme

Fieldwork 2023 July – December

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Thur 6 JulyFlinders
Sooty Oystercatcher
14281.77
Wed 19 JulyStockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers or Bar-Tailed Godwit
Subject to transport availability
12292.91
Thurs 3 AugBarry Beach
Pied Oystercatcher
14122.48
Sat 26 AugAGM
Details to follow
Thurs 28 to Fri 29 SeptCorner Inlet Flag sightings
Need to be on the mudflat at least two hours before high tide
1031
1139
2.36
2.30
Mon 6th to Mon 13th NovSouth Australia, Carpenter Rocks
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstone. Sanderling trackers and flagging.
The 6th and 13th are travelling days to and from S.A.
0855
1258
0.86
0.81
Tues 14 NovMud Islands
Caspian Tern chicks banding and Crested Tern adults
07210.78 (low)
Tues 21 to Wed 22 NovYallock Creek
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
Set net Tues around 2pm. Catch early Wed.
08022.80
Mon 27 Nov to Wed 6 DecKing Island
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstones.
1157 to 17521.38 to 1.28
Thurs 7 DecMud Islands
Caspian & Crested Tern chicks banding
13040.61 (low)
Thurs 21 Dec
(Dependent on breeding attempts)
Nobbies, Phillip Island
Crested Tern chick banding
13400.64 (low)
TBA
Dependent on breeding attempts.
Probably late December or early January
Corner Inlet
Caspian & Crested Tern chicks banding
TBA
TBA AT SHORT NOTICE
If small waders are found roosting at WTP.
Western Treatment Plant
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
TBA

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

Fieldwork 2023 January to June

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Sun 8 JanCannon net training day at Yallock Creek for any member who would like to learn more.
Meet at the gate at 1000.
Thurs 19 Jan to Fri 20 JanBarry Beach
Small Waders and/or large waders. Collection of juvenile percentage data.
Set net Thursday afternoon. Stay overnight at Yanakie.
10172.55
Wed 25 JanYallock Creek
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Collection of juvenile percentage data and retrieval of any remaining geolocators.
16242.74
Tues 14 Feb to Fri 17 FebCorner Inlet
Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Tuesday afternoon (meet at Manns Beach)
Stay at Manns Beach Hall.
Subject to PV boat availability
Recce Tues 14 Feb 0701 (2.49m)
0759
0832
0911
2.55
2.59
2.61
TBAFoSSE AGM
Details to follow
Thur 23 FebStockyard Point, Western Port
Small waders and/or  large waders. Collection of juvenile percentage data
Small waders and/or large waders. Collection of juvenile percentage data
16242.86
Fri 10 MarRhyll, Phillip Island
Bar-tailed Godwit. Collection of juvenile data.
Stay overnight at Roz’s and/or Harewood House available.
16142.67
Sat 11 MarYallock Creek
Red-necked Stint , Curlew Sandpipers and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. Collection of juvenile data and retrieval of any remaining geolocators
17052.79
Tues 21 Mar to Thur 30 MarKing Island
Retrieve and deploy geolocators and collect percent juvenile data on Ruddy Turnstone.
Tues 4 Apr to Fri 14 AprSouth Australia and Discovery Bay Victoria
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstone and collect percent juvenile on Ruddy Turnstone and Sanderling in South Australia
Targeting Sanderling and flag reading in Victoria
Fri 21 AprStockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers
14023.00
Sat 6 MayEquipment Repair and Presentation Day
Get together for equipment repair, awarding of Minton medal and life memberships.
Fri 19 MayRhyll
Pied Oystercatchers or Bar-tailed Godwit
12422.92
Beginning  Tues 13 June with catches over a 3 week periodAssist the Game Management Authority with duck catching at the Western Treatment Plant. Details to follow

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

Fieldwork 2022 July – December

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Thur 14 JulyStockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers
13043.03
Fri 15 JulyBarry Beach
(Only possible if track cleared in time)
Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers
14232.61
TBAAGM
Details to come
Mon 12 SeptRhyll
Pied Oystercatchers
1417
sunset 1810
2.91
Mon 10 to Tues 11 OctoberCorner Inlet
Flag sightings – need to be on the mudflat at least three hours before high tide
(subject to PV boat availability)
1336
1445
2.24
2.28
Tues 18 to Fri 28 OctoberSouth Australia, Carpenter Rocks
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstone. Sanderling catches.
Tuesday 18th and Friday 28th are travelling days to and from S.A.
1215 to 13080.74 to 0.94
Fri 4 to Sun 27 NovemberAWSG NWA Expedition 
Thurs 10 NovemberMud Islands
Caspian Tern chicks banding and Crested Tern adults
07510.66 low tide
Thurs 1 to Fri 2 DecemberYallock Creek
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
Set net Thurs around 2pm. Catch early Fri. Overnight at Harewood House
0817 or 0801
sunrise 0603
2.80 or 2.86
Wed 7 to Fri 16 DecemberKing Island
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstones.
1138 to 16331.32 to 1.32
Fri 16 DecemberMud Islands
Caspian & Crested Tern chicks banding
 11440.60 low tide
Tues 20 DecemberCorner Inlet
Caspian & Crested Tern chicks banding
Subject to PV availability. This may be pushed into 2023 if there is a late breeding event.
09251.34 low tide
Tues 27 to Fri 30 DecemberWestern Treatment Plant
Set net Tuesday afternoon
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Wed 0753
Thurs 0829
Fri 0905
0.95
0.94
0.94

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

Fieldwork 2022 January – June

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Fri 7 JanStockyard Point, Western Port
Small waders and/or large waders. Collection of juvenile percentage data.
17152.72
Mon 10 Jan to
Tues 11 Jan
Yallock Creek
Small waders. Geolocator retreival and collection of juvenile percentage data.
Meet 1400 on Mon 10 Jan to set net.
Stay overnight at Harewood House
07562.79
Sun 23 JanCannon net training at Yallock Creek
This will be aimed at those with less experience but anyone welcome
17132.61
Mon 7 to Wed 9 FebCorner Inlet
Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Monday afternoon (meet at Manns Beach)
Subject to PV boat availability
0730
0800
2.57
2.53
Sat 12 FebFoSSE AGM
11am at The Campbell’s residence, 22 Lindsay Steet, Mount Gambier.
Sat 5 MarYallock Creek (ONLY IF NEEDED)
Retrieval of geolocators from Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpipers
16092.78
Fri 18 to Mon 28 MarKing Island
Retrieve and deploy geolocators and collect percent juvenile data on Ruddy Turnstone
Sat 2 Apr to Sat 9 AprSouth Australia
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstone
(Sat 2 April is a travelling day to S.A.)
Sun 10 Apr to Thurs 14 AprDiscovery Bay, Victoria
Targeting Sanderling and flag reading
Mon 18 AprilStockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers
14182.93
Sat 21 MayGet together for equipment repair, awarding of Minton medal and life memberships
Mon 16 MayRhyll
Pied Oystercatchers or Bar-tailed Godwit
12532.88
Tues 14 Jun to Thur 16 JunCorner Inlet
Overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Tues 14 Jun
Stay overnight on 14 and 15 at Yanakie (Subject to PV boat availability)
1344
1452
2.58
2.70
June / JulyProposal to assist the Game Management Authority with duck catching. Details to follow.

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

Fieldwork 2021 June – December

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Tues 22 June to Thurs 24 JuneCorner Inlet
Overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit & Red Knot
Set net Tues 22 Jun
Stay overnight on 22 and 23 at Yanakie
1047 to 12072.43
2.51
Sun 11 JulyStockyard Point
Pied Oystercatchers
14112.98
Sun 1 AugustCannon net training at Yallock Creek12011.01
Sat 28 AugustAGM
Details to follow
Thurs 9 SeptemberStockyard Point or Rhyll
Pied Oystercatchers
1435
sunset 1805
2.88
Wed 6 to Fri 8 OctoberCorner Inlet Flag sightings
Need to be on the mudflat at least three hours before high tide (subject to PV availability)
1234
1344
1449
2.19
2.22
2.30
Fri 29 October to Thurs 4 NovemberSouth Australia, Carpenter Rocks
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstone.
Fri 29 Oct and Thurs 4 Nov are travelling days to and from S.A.
1015
1103
1132
1152
1209
0.83
0.89
0.92
0.92
0.88
Wed 10 NovemberMud Island
Caspian and Crested Tern chicks and adults
10150.58
Thurs 11 to Sat 13 NovemberYallock Creek
Retrieval of geolocators from Red Neck Stint and Curlew Sandpiper.
Set net Thurs around 2pm. Catch early Fri. If no catch attempt again Sat morning. Overnight at Harewood House.
0724
0809
sunrise 0603
3.01
2.85
Wed 17 to Fri 26 NovemberKing Island
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstones.
1101 to 17001.31 to 1.35
Wed 8 DecemberMud Island
Caspian and Crested Tern chicks
 09140.62
Tues 21 DecemberCorner Inlet
Caspian and Crested Tern chicks
(subject to PV boat availability)
925 1.34
Thur 23 DecemberThe Nobbies
Crested Tern chicks
10271.04
Mon 27 to Thurs 30 DecemberWestern Treatment Plant (Werribee S.F)
Set net Monday afternoon
Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Tues 0945
Wed 1018
Thur 1057
0.91
0.91
0.90

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

Fieldwork 2021 January – July

DATEPLACE AND OBJECTIVESTIDE TIMETIDE HEIGHT (m)
Fri 8 Jan to
Sat 9 Jan
Barrallier Island, Western Port
Small waders. Collection of juvenile percentage data.
By boat from Tooradin
Set net Friday 8 Jan
Stay overnight at Harewood House
0835
sunset 0609
2.72
Thur 4 Feb to Sat 6 FebYallock Creek
Small waders. Geolocator retrieval and deployment and collection of juvenile percentage data.
Meet 1300 on Thur 4 Feb to set net.
Stay overnight at Harewood House
0700
0736
sunrise 0639
2.89m
2.82m
Mon 8 Feb to Wed 10 FebruaryCorner Inlet
Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Monday afternoon(meet at Manns Beach)
(Stay overnight at Manns Beach hall)
Subject to PV boat availability
1006
1058
2.56
2.47
Sun 21 FebCannon netting training day at Yallock Creek
Tues 2 MarRhyll (Observation Point)
Bar-tailed Godwit
1620
sunset 1958
2.82
Wed 3 MarYallock Creek
Red-necked Stint & Curlew Sandpipers to retrieve geolocators
17132.95
Mon 15 to
Wed 24 Mar
King Island
Retrieve and deploy geolocators and collect percent juvenile data on Ruddy Turnstone
 
Mon 29 Mar to Mon 5 AprSouth Australia
Retrieve and deploy geolocators on Ruddy Turnstone
(Mon 29 Mar and Mon 5 Apr are travelling days to and from S.A.)
 
Tues 30 Mar to Wed 31 MarYallock Creek CANCELLED
Deploy geolocators on Red-necked Stint
Stay overnight at Harewood House
1509
1608
sunset 1916
2.83
3.03
Wed 28 AprilRhyll
Pied Oystercatchers
13523.03
Wed 26 MayStockyard Point CANCELLED
Pied Oystercatchers
12242.94
Tues 22 Jun to Thur 24 JunCorner Inlet
Overwintering Bar-tailed Godwit and Red Knot
Set net Tues 22 Jun
(Stay overnight on 22 and 23 at Yanakie
(Subject to PV boat availability)
1047 to 1207
2.43 to 2.51

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 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.

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 Patrickfarmingminds@gmail.com
0408 429 944