Broome Bird Observatory

Maddy and Steve Norman's gap year

Broome is located on a peninsula which forms a large shallow bay to the east called Roebuck Bay.   At low tide this exposes large mud flats that attract hordes of shore birds which come to feed on the mud dwelling crustaceans.    While most of the migratory shore birds choose to fly to Siberia to breed in the northern hemisphere summer, most of the younger birds don’t bother.  So along with the permanent residents, even at this time of the year there is plenty to see.

I camped for 3 nights at a research centre run by Birdlife Australia called the Broome Bird Observatory.  In that time managed to add another 8 new bird species to my list.

Roebuck Bay near Broome Bird Observatory at high tide and at low tide.

Another view.  The shore birds go out to feed on the flats at low tide that extend for kilometers…

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