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BLOG 7 & 8: the kimberley - ADELE ISLAND

Posted by Craig Ward, June & July 2016 on

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BLOG 7 & 8: the kimberley - ADELE ISLAND

2016 became my 12th consecutive season working along the Kimberley coast. This year I was there for pretty much the whole of June and July, so a single blog for the two months (I’m sure we’re all breathing a collective sigh of relief).

Every year, indeed, every trip turns up something different. June this year housed one of the very many highlights of more than a decade of exploration. For a variety of reasons, a small group of characters and myself had to make our way out to Adele Island to gather some information. Here I will let the pictures tell the tale and I have included some excerpts from a very basic report I produced. Enjoy! 

The island is fish-hook shaped and has a length of 2.9 kilometres (2 mi) and a width of 1.6 kilometres (1 mi) and a total area of 217 hectares (536 acres). It is low lying and surrounded by extensive sandbanks lying over a limestone platform forming a large lagoon [Wikipedia 2015].

The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for its seabirds and waders. As well as breeding cormorants and Australian pelicans, globally important bird species breeding or staging on the island are lesser frigatebird (Frigata aerial) with 2000-5700 breeding pairs, brown booby (Sulaleucagaster) with 1500-8500 breeding pairs, grey-tailed tattler with up to 5500 individuals, and red-necked stint with up to 4100 individuals [Wikipedia 2015].

Adele Island is an important site for breeding seabirds with several Japan-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement (JAMBA), China-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement (CAMBA) and Republic of Korea Migratory Birds Agreement (ROKAMBA) listed species breeding there, with rookeries of Cormorants, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigate Birds (Fregataariel), Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster), Red-footed Booby (Sulasula) and Masked Booby (Suladactylatra) (Ref unknown). 

Incredible isn’t it!

This months conservation spotlight is on Save Our Marine They do dedicated work throughout our region and have a strong voice on marine conservation in the Kimberley in particular. Here are some grabs form their site but please visit and support as best you can. Thanks as always…

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