Bird species at the Eastern Treatment Plant

​The Eastern Treatment Plant is home to a large native bird population, including many species of regional, state and national significance.

​The plant offers birds plenty of food, including water plants, zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae and flying insects.

BirdLife Australia organises monthly four-hour bird counts at the plant, led by their representatives with the help of volunteers. To register your interest in participating, keep an eye on their events calendar or contact BirdLife Australia.

Types of birds

Migratory waders

Red-necked stint at the Western Treatment Plant
Red-necked stint. Photo: John Barkla, Birdlife Australia.

The Eastern Treatment Plant provides habitat for large numbers of migratory waders. These birds arrive around August, then leave for the northern hemisphere between February and May. Some travel up to 24,000 kilometres a year.

Species include:

  • Sharp-tailed sandpiper (from northern Siberia)

  • Red-necked stint (from northern Siberia)

  • Latham’s Snipe (from Japan)


Species include:

  • Black-winged stilt

  • Masked lapwing.

Native bush birds

Species include:

  • Superb fairy-wren

  • Magpie-lark

  • Red wattlebird

  • White-plumed honeyeater.

Other species

Chestnut Teal at Western Treatment Plant
Chestnut Teal. Photo: John Barkla, Birdlife Australia.

We regularly find the following birds by the treatment ponds:

  • Black swan

  • Pacific black duck

  • Blue-billed duck

  • Grey teal

  • Chestnut teal.

Last updated:
6 October 2022