Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Cut and Jones Bay

The Cut and Jones Bay

I have previously written a post on The Cut, but I think that it needs a new post.

 The Cut is a small "delta" that was created when the Mitchell River broke through the Silt Jetties into Jones Bay. This delta of small sand islands are a haven for shorebirds, terns and many other water birds. The sand islands are very much affected by wind and rainfall.
The Cut-Google Maps

Jones Bay is a bay formed by the Silt Jetties and the northern edge of the Gippsland Lakes. It is a favourite location for Eurasian Coot, Musk Duck, Swan and Great Crested Grebe.

Jones Bay-Google maps
Jones Bay and The Cut can be accessed by Riverbank East Rd. Riverbank East Rd can be accessed from McEacharn St, from the Princes Hwy.

Curlew Sandpipers
Caspian Tern with fish

Birds that can be seen at The Cut are:

Waders: Curlew and Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper, Red Necked Stint, Red Capped Plover, Pacific Golden Plover and  Common Greenshank.

Cormorants and Darter: Darter, Little Pied, Little Black and Great Cormorant.

Terns:  Caspian, Common, Little and Fairy Tern.

Raptors:  Peregrine Falcon, Swamp Harrier, Sea Eagle, and Whistling Kite.

Red Capped Plover and Red Necked Stints
Common Greenshank
Red Capped Plover

 Birds that can be seen at Jones Bay:

Duck: Musk Duck, Grey and Chestnut Teal.

Terns: Same as The Cut

Raptor: Same as The Cut.

Great Crested and  Hoary Headed Grebe.

Eurasian Coot.

Golden Headed Cisticola.

White Fronted Chat.

Red Necked Avocet
Whistling Kite

Golden Headed Cisticola
Jones Bay and The Cut are excellent birding places. The Cut is a hive of activity during the summer months, with migratory waders, and Jones Bay is always a great spot for raptors, duck and cisticola. 

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