Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk

Local environment, Local wildlife

Our Tin Can Bay Foreshore Walk is a favourite place for many of our locals and visitors who enjoy its natural beauty and the wealth of native vegetation and wildlife.

Whether bicycle riding, jogging, or just casually strolling, follow the signage along the 4 km stretch of the easily accessible “Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk”; you will soon discover that Tin Can Bay is home to a truly wonderful variety of birds. With a list of 143 species already sighted, our foreshore is a great place to bird watch, providing a range of habitats for an excellent birding experience!

Wrens or finches will reveal themselves from the patches of Wallum heath and sedges which provide shelter for ground dwelling and lower storey birds, if care and patience is taken to wait quietly for them. There is the opportunity to see them emerge and go about their business of feeding.

Our native vegetation of wattle, sheoak and banksia provide nectar and insects for the middle storey birds like the many honeyeaters and robins. In the upper-storey, lorikeets and parrots feed on the blossoms of the forest red gums and bloodwood.

Tawny frogmouths, kites and kingfishers can be found nesting or resting in the crowns of the trees.

Various species of raptors will be seen in the canopy or flying around. Ground foraging species like magpies, masked lapwings (plovers) and peewees are also present.

The sandflats and mangroves are a food source for local and migratory waders and sea birds. At low tide there are extensive sandbanks where the birds can search for food and at high tide there are secluded places where they can roost and rest without disturbance. Sea birds (gulls and terns) dive for fish out at sea and then roost on sandbanks with the shorebirds. Shorebirds feed in the limited time between tides and need to be on the foreshore where they can find food.

Choosing where you walk when you visit shorebird feeding sites and keeping dogs leashed means that you and others will have the opportunity to see more of them. Being located within Queensland’s Great Sandy Straits, it is also part of a Ramsar Wetland of international importance. (https://www.dcceew.gov.au/water/wetlands/ramsar).

This places a responsibility on individuals and governments at all levels to protect these endangered birds.

A pair of binoculars and a good field guide of Australian birds will enhance your Foreshore walk.

There are also a range of birding apps which you can download to your phone. Take advantage of the signs along the bird walk. They are a good source of information about the birds you are most likely to see and the QR code on them will take you on your mobile phone to a wealth of information on the Birding Cooloola website www.birdingcooloola.org.au

Happy walking and birding.

Pictured: Eastern ospreys