This week we now have had very large tides and the migratory shorebirds which have returned to Broome from the Northern hemisphere have struggled to search out any seashore left to roost on at excessive tide. The roost websites in Roebuck Bay develop into inundated with the ocean and the shorebirds will transfer additional afield to discover a appropriate roost. Gantheaume Level, the Port of Broome and Cable Seashore develop into another roost web site throughout the very large tides, however for a number of the shorebirds it might probably imply flying round till the tide drops once more.
On Thursday October twenty seventh the tide was racing in to peak at 9.55 metres at 11.34am to then drop again to 1.33 metres at 5.55pm adopted by a night-time excessive of 10.11 metres at 11.41pm. I cycled to the seashore for 10am and there was already a big flock of shorebirds to the south of the Surf Membership in the direction of Gantheaume Level. Two Gray-tailed Tattlers landed with the Silver Gulls close to the rocks the place there’s usually four-wheel drive entry. You’ll be able to see from the header picture that the Gray-tailed Tattler had realised the tide was racing in and shortly moved onto a rock to flee the tide.
Gray-tailed Tattlers and Silver Gulls
Many alternative species of shorebirds journey the East-Asian Australasian Flyway to spend the non-breeding cycle of their lives right here in Broome. Solely this week the extraordinary journey of a Bar-tailed Godwit travelling from Alaska to Tasmania in simply eleven days has proven us all simply how unbelievable these shorebirds are. We’re extremely fortunate to reside in an space the place the shorebirds can feed on the mudflats of Roebuck Bay with minimal disturbance.
Usually there’s four-wheel drive entry alongside a piece of Cable Seashore, however the Shire lately acknowledged that the flatback turtles wanted assist to outlive. Initially the seashore entry was closed for a couple of hours both sides of the most important tides after which four-wheel drives would hopefully not drive or park on nest websites. The ruts left by tyres has additionally been a difficulty and the Shire have lastly determined to offer the flatback turtles a fair higher likelihood of survival by closing the seashore entry to autos for the months of December and January. That is welcome information, as a result of it additionally minimises shorebird disturbance too on this part of the seashore. When there’s a very large tide you may solely entry the northern part of the seashore by climbing up over the dunes, but it surely does supply nice views of the shoreline. We now have not seen clouds for months now, however now we now have a couple of so as to add some selection to our panorama.
Seashore entry at Cable Seashore-closed on large tides
Clouds over the Indian Ocean at Cable Seashore
I walked north for a couple of kilometres after which returned to my bike on the ramp to watch the six Gray-tailed Tattlers decided to roost on one of many rocks. It was thirty minutes earlier than excessive tide and so they have been making an attempt their finest to not get swamped as every wave rolled in.
One of many Gray-tailed Tattlers determined to depart the tall rock and transfer to the decrease rock to the appropriate. One wave later and it quickly realised its mistake and flew again to the taller rock and had a very good shake to get dry. All six of the Gray-tailed Tattlers watched and waited because the tide stored pushing in and ultimately they admitted defeat and flew north.
Gray-tailed Tattlers ready for prime tide
By heading north alongside Cable Seashore the Gray-tailed Tattler would quickly discover lengthy stretches of sand the place they may roost. Though Cable Seashore is just not essentially famend for its shorebirds there are some first rate sized flocks right now of yr and visiting the seashore round excessive tide gives the perfect likelihood of probably the most shorebird species. Gray-tailed Tattlers choose rocks on the seashore, to allow them to be noticed simply from the entry ramp space on these giant tides.