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Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published December 28th 2016
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park
Say a big hello and welcome to South Australia's 22nd National Park!

Pied oystercatcher
Pied oystercatcher (©paula mcmanus)


The northern section of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary has just this past couple of months, been proclaimed a National Park and is now officially named the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara (pronounced Wee-nay-chi-nay-chi Pan-ker-a). It is our State's newest National Park and the first in more than 10 years. The Sanctuary and National Park cover an area of approximately 2400 hectares and stretch more than 60 kilometres.

Hooded Plover
Hooded Plover (©paula mcmanus)


Up to 27,000 migratory and resident shorebirds visit the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary area each year. They flock to the top end of the Gulf, known as the "Gulf St Vincent Important Bird Area". The area qualified to be named an IBA by Bird Life International because of the internationally significant number of the birds it supports. There are more than 1% of the world's population of black-faced cormorants, red-necked stints, sharp-tailed sandpipers, banded stilts, red-capped plovers, sooty and pied oystercatchers and silver gulls.

The new National Park is in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) zone - a bird migratory flight path that is used by more than 5 million birds a year. Of those, there are 27,000 birds which call Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary their home. There are many of the migratory birds who come from as far away as Alaska and Siberia. Some birds can pass through as many as 22 countries before they reach our shores. Among the species of birds are several that are listed as threatened and critically endangered. The distances they travel are staggering and are a mammoth effort!

St Kilda
St Kilda (©paula mcmanus)


This new South Australian National Park will ensure that these birds have a safe haven for them and their future generations.

The Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park—Winaityinaityi Pangkara is a protected area in South Australia and can be found on the north-eastern coast of Gulf St Vincent, between Port Parham and Barker Inlet, near Port Adelaide.

The southern entrance to the Sanctuary is located in St Kilda on the foreshore. St Kilda is a quick 30-minute drive from the Adelaide CBD. The northern access point to the National Park is at Thompsons Beach and entry is free.

Tern
Tern (©paula mcmanus)


The National Park is sure to attract a lot of attention with bird watchers and nature lovers. There will definitely be a rise in the number of tourists - both national and international, who will want to spend time in this park which is literally minutes away from suburban Adelaide. To see a lot of these bird species in their native habitats, there'd normally be very long drives and treks to them.

The potential for nature-based tourism means new jobs and a boost to local economies. Combine that with a safe place for the bird to migrate to and it's a win-win situation.


Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park — Winaityinaityi Pangkara
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park — Winaityinaityi Pangkara
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Why? Visit South Australia's newest National Park
When: Open every day
Where: Thompsons Beach, South Australia
Cost: Free
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Great article! Very interesting, I didn't realise some birds could pass through so many other countries when they are migrating.
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 810 days ago
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