Have a safe flight

by Navarone Farrell, Daily Mercury

  Wave goodbye to the waders this weekend at Mackay’s newest environmental reserve. The migratory shorbirds spend from October to April each year in Australia, and include greenshanks, eastern curlews, great knots, lesser sand plovers (pictured above) and many other varieties. As many as 23,000 waders will fly north as Reef Catchments holds its annual ‘Wave Goodbye to the Waders’. BirdLife Mackay’s Daryl Barnes will lead the expidition. Mr Barnes explained the process the birds go through to get to our shores is “amazing”. “All the migrating birds come from the northern hemisphere, they come from north Chins, Alaska, Siberia. They breed there,” he said. “After they’re born and they’re about six weeks old their parents leave because they’ll get snowed in – why they breed there in the first place has me – and they head south.” Say goodbye to the waders today from 8:30am at Shellgrit Creek, near Illawong Beach.