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Coastal Raptors

The Chain of Bays coastline is one of the last refuges in South Australia for the Osprey, White-bellied Sea Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon. These birds nest on cliffs and coastal stacks along sections of the Chain of Bays coastline. In South Australia, these birds are now classified as "Endangered", due largely to the impact of human disturbance on nesting locations. We have pushed for greater protection of these species, and research into their distribution and status within the Chain of Bays. In 2005, raptor expert Terry Dennis conducted a survey of the coastal raptors in the Chain of Bays and concluded that the area was very important for the survival of the Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagle in South Australia. In recent years, a number of Osprey and White-bellied Sea Eagles have been deliberately shot and killed in the Chain of Bays. We are still offering a reward of $1000 to any individual who provides information to authorities leading to a conviction on these crimes. We have also witnessed the deliberate spraying of an Osprey nest by a crop-dusting aircraft. These cowardly acts, against magnificent and innocent creatures, show why it is essential to have strong protection measures and the presence of a National Parks and Wildlife office in Streaky Bay.
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