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 also 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.

​The plant offers birds lots of food such as water plants, zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae and flying insects.

Types of birds found at the Eastern Treatment Plant

Migratory waders:

  • sharp-tailed sandpiper (from northern Siberia

  • red-necked stint fly (from northern Siberia)

  • latham's Snipe from Japan


  • black-winged stilt

  • masked lapwing

Native bush birds:

  • superb fairy-wren

  • magpie-lark

  • red wattlebird

  • white-plumed honeyeater

We also regularly find these birds by the treatment ponds:

  • black swan

  • pacific black duck

  • blue-billed duck

  • grey teal

  • chestnut teal

Bird counts and bird watching

Regular bird counts are organised by Birds Australia. Led by a Birds Australia representative, these four-hour counts take place monthly with the help of volunteers.

Contact Birds Australia to register your interest to participate in one of these counts.


Last updated:
2 October 2017