Walked the Kakadu Bird Sanctuary Track this morning..
The artificial roost site, hides and interpretive centre at Kakadu Beach are the result of cooperation between the Queensland Wader Study Group and the developer of Pacific Harbour, a canal residential estate on Pumicestone Passage. The artificial roost site was built in 2002 to compensate for the loss of a natural roost site on the banks of Dux Creek, which was notable for accommodating up to 1000 Eastern Curlew on peak migration, as well as thousands of other waders.
The Kakadu Beach roost site is 200 m long, with fencing and planted mangroves at either end to discourage entry by people and dogs. A long, tidally inundated lagoon was also constructed behind the roost site to buffer the birds from disturbance from people. Hides are positioned at either end of the site and are linked by a cement path.
Kakadu Beach is one of only a small number of roost sites in Pumicestone Passage that are above the highest astronomic tide level. When the high tide level is less than 2 m, a roost site at Toorbul, 4 km to the north-west, is preferred. However, when the Toorbul roost site is inundated, large numbers of waders flock to Kakadu Beach.