|Location||Australia, Northern Territory|
|Central coordinates||130o 24.90' East 12o 57.18' South|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Summary The floodplain of the Finniss River supports more than 1% of the world's Magpie Geese and Pied Herons. The adjacent intertidal mud of Fog Bay support more than 1% of the world's Great Knot and Grey-tailed Tattler, amongst the maximum of 35,000 shorebirds recorded.
Site description This IBA includes the intertidal areas of Fog Bay, from Point Jenny to Stingray Head, and the whole floodplain system of the Finniss River. The Finniss River floodplain is mostly seasonally inundated paperbark and sedge swamps. The Wagait section has significant numbers of Magpie Geese (Parks & Wildlife 2007). Three waterbird colonies are listed in Chatto (2000a) as refs W019, 20, 22, 24. Fog Bay is dominated by sand/mudflats or reefs, a mangrove or grassy sand dune shoreline and, in places, open saline flats and samphire areas and mangrove-lined channels. Chatto (2000b) suggested that the area of significance for shorebirds extends north past Dundee Downs to a chain of islands (Dum in Mirrie, Beer Eetar and Grose) but the data are inadequate to support IBA nomination of this area.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata||resident||1984-1991||394,000 individuals||poor||A4i||Least Concern|
|Pied Heron Egretta picata||unknown||1990-2000||1,000 individuals||medium||A4i||Least Concern|
|Grey-tailed Tattler Tringa brevipes||non-breeding||1990-2000||560 individuals||medium||A4i||Near Threatened|
|Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris||non-breeding||1990-2000||14,000 individuals||medium||A4i||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Melaleuca forests & woodlands||major|
|Shrubland||Chenopod shrubs, samphire shrubs and forblands||major|
|Coastline||Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand & salt flats; Mangrove wetlands||major|
|Wetlands (inland)||Riverine floodplains||major|
Land ownership Delissaville/Wagait/Larrakia ALT
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Traditional Use|
Access/Land-Owner requests This IBA is on Traditionally Owned land.
References Chatto, R. (2000a) Waterbird breeding colonies in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 69, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
Chatto, R. (2000b) A management strategy and protected areas system for coastal wildlife. (Documentation of selected sites in the Northern Territory of Australia which would qualify for nomination under the East Asian - Australasian Shorebird Site Network). Unpublished report, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
Chatto, R. (2003) The distribution and status of shorebirds around the coast and coastal wetlands of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 73, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
Chatto, R. (2006) The distribution and status of waterbirds around the coast and coastal wetlands of the Northern Territory. Technical Report 76, Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
DEWHA (2008) Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia(NT025). http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/wetlands/database/ accessed 2008.
Harrison, L., McGuire, L., Ward, S. Fisher, A., Pavey, C., Fegan, M. and Lynch, B. (2009) An inventory of sites of international and national significance for biodiversity values in the Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts & Sport, Darwin, NT.
Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory (2007) Management program for the magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) in the Northern Territory of Australia. Unpublished report: Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, Palmerston.
Ward, S. and Harrison, L. (2009) Recognising sites of conservation significance for biodiversity values in the Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts & Sport, Darwin, NT.
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