Waterbirds and the Tuart Forest – this Saturday
THOUSANDS OF WATERBIRDS TO BE SEEN ON THE VASSE ESTUARY – EXCURSION THIS SATURDAY
This Saturday January 25, the Busselton Naturalists Club will hold its annual bird walks to the Vasse Estuary.
Water levels in the estuary are reasonably high and this has attracted a large number of waterbirds, so thousands of birds and many different species are certain to be seen.
The Vasse and Wonnerup estuaries regularly host up to 37,000 waterbirds – swan, duck, egret, heron, sandpipers, avocet, stilt, dotterels and dozens more species, including migratory waders from the northern hemisphere – but there are few places where public access allows people to see large numbers of birds.
Excursion leader is Naturalists Club president Bernie Masters who has a 40 year history of involvement in the tuart forest and the Vasse Wonnerup Estuaries.
The excursion on Saturday will start at 8.30am, the meeting point being at the gate into the Tuart Forest National Park located on Tuart Drive some 300 metres towards Busselton from the Layman Road roundabout.
After a one kilometre walk along a sand track through the unique tuart forest, walkers will reach the eastern edge of the Vasse estuary where many thousands of waterbirds will be visible.
The excursion is free of charge and will last 2.5 to 3 hours but participants MUST wear enclosed footwear and long trousers because of the risk of snakes and mosquitoes at this time of year.
If participants have binoculars, they are encouraged to bring them to allow better views of the birdlife but a few spare sets will be available for sharing on the day.
The excursion is well suited to families with children as the walk is also likely to see kangaroos, Christmas spiders and a range of other interesting wildlife.
More details from Club president Bernie Masters on 9727 2474 or email@example.com – bookings are not required.