As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 14 June 2018

Rare bird calls Milang sanctuary its home

On the edge of Lake Alexandrina, Milang hosts a rare breed of bird which takes up residence in a small sanctuary in the middle of town.

To help the migratory bird continue to flourish in the area, the state government, the community and not-for-profit groups have got together to deliver up to 14 megalitres of water to inundate the unique feeding ground.

The Latham’s snipe is the largest snipe species in Australia and is the king of camouflage

The Latham’s snipe, also called the Japanese snipe (Gallinago hardwickii),  travels thousands of kilometres to Australia from Japan and East Asia to feed and escape the Northern Hemisphere winter.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin wetlands management officer Kate Mason said the birds enjoyed feeding on tiny insects, worms and seeds of aquatic plants.

“If it’s a dry summer, the wetland dries up and the birds can no longer push their distinctively long bill into the mud and will need to move on,” Ms Mason said.


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