Wetlands Australia Journal, Vol 6, No 1 (1986)

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A bird’s eye view of wetlands: The Eastern Australian Waterbird Survey.

W Lawler


Wetlands are a precious commodity in Australia, and this is shown very convincingly when viewed from an aircraft flying across the continent. The blue and green wetlands show up strikingly against the sombre-coloured dryness of most of Australia.

With this view of wetlands, one gains an appreciation of why Australian waterbirds live such nomadic and erratic lifestyles. The challenge is to understand the dynamics of waterbird distribution, abundance and habitat preferences across the country, but the task is daunting.

Two wildlife research scientists accepted the challenge and, backed by support from state wildlife authorities and the CSIRO, developed and implemented a grand scheme to aerial survey the waterbird populations over Eastern Australia.

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