Moreton Bay features a number of wetlands which are protected under the RAMSAR convention and provide habitat to migratory shorebirds that are protected by the Japan Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (JAMBA) and the China Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA). Migratory shorebird populations of international significance feed and roost in and near port areas. The progressive reclamation process at the FPE temporarily creates habitat types suitable for shorebirds roosting at high tide, and is used by up to 16,000 shorebirds at peak migration times. PBPL has also constructed a permanent shorebird roost in close proximity to the FPE. This, along with other existing high tide roosts around Moreton Bay, will continue to provide long-term habitat for roosting shorebirds following the completion of the FPE.

PBPL has partnered with the Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG) over the last 25 years to carry out monthly shorebird counts at PBPL’s shorebird habitat areas. PBPL also support QWSG in banding and leg-flagging migratory birds found on port land.  Data from these monitoring programs is collated with data from around Queensland and Australia to provide a greater understanding of migratory shorebirds.

Latest research and monitoring (at a glance)

  • The monthly total counts of migratory waders at reclamation during 2016-2017 were among the highest ever recorded since monitoring began in 2003. However, the international bird species numbers have continued to decline

  • Two wader banding catches were made in the Port of Brisbane reclamation area in 2016-2017. Unfortunately only one of the events successfully caught 48 waders of six different species.  All waders were fitted with individually labelled tags to allow resighting of individual birds.

  • Two Pacific Golden Plovers were tagged with satellite trackers in 2017 in order to view their flight path and determine how far they travel.

2017 Shorebird Monitoring Report