So keen to line up in front of the best height window for me, feeling almost as if any bird out there might be gone before I managed to zoom out onto the wetlands, that I totally forgot to take any photos of the inside.
So, what was out there? I certainly wasn't expecting what I did see at x50 through my viewfinder; lots of wonderful Red-necked Avocets mostly; such a treat!
Signage read in part, that this refuge was created in the 1950's as a result of unfinished works to reclaim land from estuarine mudflats.
Tidal flushing was reintroduced to this Waterbird Refuge in 2007 through a solar powered gate, programmed to open and close automatically.
Tidal exchange normally occurs twice daily, with maximum and minimum levels controlled by gate settings that are changed seasonally.
These seasonal changes in water height are required for nutrient inflow and can be used to set boundaries between different habitats.
Birds in Backyards, the curvature of the beak is more pronounced in the male
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