Over 12,000 birds counted during shorebird survey at Faure Island
The Eastern Curlew, listed as a priority species in Western Australia, is moderately common on Faure Island.
October 2014: An impressive 12,244 birds were counted during the annual shorebird survey on the World Heritage-listed Faure Island. Volunteers from Birdlife Australia recorded 11,494 individual shorebirds representing 36 species, including 17 trans-equatorial species such as the priority-listed Eastern Curlew. The abundance and species diversity of the shorebirds this year supports the international listing of Faure Island as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Six species with populations qualifying Faure Island as a RAMSAR ‘internationally important staging site’ were also recorded during the survey - the Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey-tailed Tattler, Red-necked Stint and Common Greenshank.