Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

The following are some photographs of an adult Curlew Sandpiper in breeding plumage banded at Broome in September 1992.

 

It is a memorable sight to see them in breeding plumage, or sometimes feeding in thousands on lakes and estuaries in the south west.

Results from the banding in the north west show that Curlew Sandpipers don't migrate until their second year.  i.e. The first year birds over winter in Australia.  Waders banded in the north west have plastic yellow leg flags on their upper leg.  Please report any sightings away from the north west.

The adults generally arrive back in the north west in mid to late August, and in the south in early October.  The first year birds arrive in the north west in late September or early October.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 5th June 2003