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Lytton Roost March 2012

March and April are the months when migratory birds leave the Southern Hemisphere and travel to the Arctic and Siberian areas of the Northern Hemisphere. They arrive when the snow and ice are melting and vast numbers of insects are hatching enabling the birds to mate and breed in preparation for the return journey in August, with their offspring following up to a month later. How sad it is that so many of the resting and feeding places on these routes are vanishing as these areas are drained and “developed”. The latest figures for the Eastern Asian Australian flyover have declined by 20-70% over recent years.
How fortunate we are to have on our doorstep at the Port of Brisbane, an area where we can still see so many of these incredible waders. And that is why on Saturday at 6am Jeff, Marg, Toby and I met up and were soon on our way to the Port of Brisbane.

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