The effect of jetboat wake on braided riverbed birds on the Dart River
|Title||The effect of jetboat wake on braided riverbed birds on the Dart River|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Authors||McKinlay, B, Smale, A|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||braided riverbed birds, Dart River, jetboats, Otago|
We investigated the effect of jetboat wakes on feeding wrybill (Anarhynchusjontalis), banded dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus), black-billed gull (Lams bulleri), and black-fronted tern (Sterna albostriata) on the Dart River, Otago. We found that all species feed in areas likely to be affected by jetboat wake. On average, banded dotterel (n=8) were 43.2 mm above the water level and 4.37 m from the waters edge, wrybill (n= 16) were 49 mm above the water level and 0.8 m from the water's edge. Jetboat wake (n=7) extended 91.3 mm above the waters edge and on average 1 m from the edge of the river channel. The implications of the wash and the extent of the likely effect are discussed.