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Rottnest Island lakes, swamps and coastal bird counts December 1981 to September 2007

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Dec 6, 2017 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The salt lakes and swamps of Rottnest Island were surveyed by two observers, who between them walked round all the lakes and swamps (see figure of lakes and swamps below), with the exception of Barker Swamp, in the centre of the island. All birds, except Silver Gulls, seen around or on the lakes and swamps were identified and counted.

The coastal surveys was conducted by one observer who drove round the island, stopping at 32 vantage points (see figure of observation locations below), from which observations were made with the aid of a telescope on a tripod and binoculars. All birds (with the exception of Silver Gulls) were identified and counted. Any species seen that were not initially identified were approached to identify them.

Three complete surveys of birds of the coast were conducted between 24-27 September 1982, 21-23 September 1992 and 3-4 September 2007 by the same observer. These surveys commenced at the main jetty on Thomson Bay and involved walking anti-clockwise around the island; a distance of 37km. All beaches and cliff faces were traversed and the observer walked as close to the cliff edges as safety permitted. Counts were made of all non-terrestrial birds, with the exception of Silver Gull.

These data on the birds of the salt lakes, swamps and coast of Rottnest Island were collected by Research Scientist Denis Saunders and Technical Officer Perry de Rebeira of CSIRO Division of Wildlife and Rangelands Research as part of research on island bird communities.

Data Records

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Saunders D (2017): Rottnest Island lakes, swamps and coastal bird counts December 1981 to September 2007. v1.0. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Dataset/Occurrence.


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: d0c7a825-fbcc-4ca3-8afd-178f4c458ebf.  CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Atlas of Living Australia.


Occurrence; Observation


Who created the resource:

Denis Saunders
Research Scientist
CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology AU

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Denis Saunders
Research Scientist
CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology AU

Who filled in the metadata:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Data manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere PO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 (3) 6232 5062

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts

Geographic Coverage

Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia

Bounding Coordinates South West [-32.048, 115.428], North East [-31.961, 115.593]

Taxonomic Coverage

Seabirds and a few terrestrial birds

Class  Aves

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1981-12-01 / 2007-09-01

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Saunders, D. A. and C. P. de Rebeira (1985). Turnover in breeding bird populations on Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Australian Wildlife Research 12: 467-77.
  2. Saunders, Denis A. and Perry de Rebeira (2009). A case study of the conservation value of a small tourist resort island: birds of Rottnest Island, Western Australia 1905-2007. Pacific Conservation Biology 15: 11-31.
  3. Saunders, Denis and Perry de Rebeira (1993). Birds of Rottnest Island. DAS and CPdeR, Guildford WA. ISBN 0 9593247 3 9

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers