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Roebuck Bay Western Australia


Roebuck Bay with its silky mudflats and huge tidal range was once the estuary formed where the mighty Fitzroy River spilled into the Indian Ocean. Its antiquity can be seen in the fossilised dinosaur footprints that march up out of the mud flats, to be hidden beneath the border of red Pindan cliffs. The great diversity of bethic life in the mudflats as well as attracting many thousands of local birds and migratory shorebirds from the Arctic, serves as a magnet for a host of scientists, quaintly described as 'Mudbashers', bent on identifying the creatures in the mud, documenting new species and unravelling the complex relationships in this web of life. Roebuck Bay is a key nonbreeding season location for shorebirds who travel the global flyway that stretches north to the Yellow Sea and on to the Arctic.
Why so biodiverse? Rich pickings in the Roebuck Bay mud

Life along land's edge

Left behind? Shorebirds at Roebuck Bay in winter

Feeding styles at Roebuck Bay

Net profit - a volunteer's day

How are the seagrasses faring?

Marine meadows that are are an essential part of the Bay's mudflat ecosystems
 

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