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Waterbirds

Chapter


Abstract


  • Within floodplain wetlands, flooding is recognised as the 'principal driving force responsible

    for the existence, productivity and interactions of the major biota' (Junk et al. 1989, p. 110). In

    addition, it has been proposed that biota in variable habitats develop strategies to adapt to

    variable flow (Walker et al. 1995). This chapter explores some of the strategies that waterbirds

    have developed, such as opportunism and flexibility, in response to variable flows. The adaptive

    capacity of waterbirds to flow variability, which is driven by Australia's variable climatic

    patterns, is particularly evident when comparing Australian waterbirds to those in the

    northern hemisphere. Australian waterbirds tend not to have clearly predictable patterns of

    movement, feeding ecology, reproduction, moult and habitat use (Kingsford and Norman

    2002); rather, they exhibit many aspects of opportunism. In particular, many waterbirds have

    great dispersal capabilities, thereby providing the opportunity to search for ideal wetland

    habitats within the fluctuating mosaic of wetlands in arid and semiarid Australia (Roshier et

    al. 2001a, 200lb). In fact, the response of waterbirds to flooding and their innate ability to track

    floodwaters has long fascinated bird watchers in Australia (see, e.g., the account of the silver

    gull by Hobbs 1961).

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Rogers, K. (2011). Waterbirds. In K. Rogers & T. Ralph (Eds.), Floodplain Wetland Biota in the Murray-Darling Basin: Water and Habitat Requirements (pp. 83-204). Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO Publishing.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780643096288

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/685

Book Title


  • Floodplain Wetland Biota in the Murray-Darling Basin: Water and Habitat Requirements

Start Page


  • 83

End Page


  • 204

Place Of Publication


  • Collingwood, Vic

Abstract


  • Within floodplain wetlands, flooding is recognised as the 'principal driving force responsible

    for the existence, productivity and interactions of the major biota' (Junk et al. 1989, p. 110). In

    addition, it has been proposed that biota in variable habitats develop strategies to adapt to

    variable flow (Walker et al. 1995). This chapter explores some of the strategies that waterbirds

    have developed, such as opportunism and flexibility, in response to variable flows. The adaptive

    capacity of waterbirds to flow variability, which is driven by Australia's variable climatic

    patterns, is particularly evident when comparing Australian waterbirds to those in the

    northern hemisphere. Australian waterbirds tend not to have clearly predictable patterns of

    movement, feeding ecology, reproduction, moult and habitat use (Kingsford and Norman

    2002); rather, they exhibit many aspects of opportunism. In particular, many waterbirds have

    great dispersal capabilities, thereby providing the opportunity to search for ideal wetland

    habitats within the fluctuating mosaic of wetlands in arid and semiarid Australia (Roshier et

    al. 2001a, 200lb). In fact, the response of waterbirds to flooding and their innate ability to track

    floodwaters has long fascinated bird watchers in Australia (see, e.g., the account of the silver

    gull by Hobbs 1961).

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Rogers, K. (2011). Waterbirds. In K. Rogers & T. Ralph (Eds.), Floodplain Wetland Biota in the Murray-Darling Basin: Water and Habitat Requirements (pp. 83-204). Collingwood, Vic: CSIRO Publishing.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780643096288

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/685

Book Title


  • Floodplain Wetland Biota in the Murray-Darling Basin: Water and Habitat Requirements

Start Page


  • 83

End Page


  • 204

Place Of Publication


  • Collingwood, Vic