BREEDING SEASON of 3 WADERS

Posted on 12 August by Carl Vernon in Birds

BREEDING SEASON of 3 WADERS

Breeding of the water dikkop Burhinus vermiculatus, the white-fronted sandplover Charadrius marginatus and the black oystercatcher Haemanthus moquinii at Bonza Bay have been recorded since 1981.   These records arranged by month of egg laying are shown in linked figure,  

  The water dikkop breed in eight months of the year starting in August with a peak in October.   It is the least common of the three species and there are only five breeding pairs.    

  The sandplover has a shorter season, starting in September, also with a peak in October and few records after January.    The sandplover is the commonest of the three species and there are about 30 pairs along the beach between the Nahoon river mouth and German Bay towards Gonubie

  The oystercatcher starts breeding in November , with a peak in December and continues breeding until February.   The number of breeding pairs started as one in 1986 and increased to 15 by 2010.  

 




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