Monitoring island birdlife

Avoid Island’s unique combination of fruit-rich coastal scrub, open eucalypt woodland, mangrove and tidal flats, provides habitat for an estimated 84 species of migratory and resident birds.

In the last half of 2020, experts from the Mackay chapter of BirdLife and the Queensland Wader study group joined us on the island to document bird diversity.

The survey found 18 species of shore bird including notable sightings of critically endangered eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) and bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica); as well as vulnerable white-throated needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) and a pair of nesting white-bellied sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster).