Roebuck Bay & Roebuck Plains
165 imagesDECLARED a Ramsar site in 1990, Roebuck Bay is of international importance for at least 20 species of migratory shorebirds and as a site in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Roebuck Bay is a tropical marine embayment with extensive and highly biologically diverse intertidal mudflats. Dugongs, Green turtles and rare Snubfin dolphins regularly feed on the extensive seagrass meadows in Roebuck Bay. Roebuck Bay is also a major nursery for marine fishes and crustaceans and supports an exceptionally high diversity of benthic invertebrates (est. between 300 - 500 species), placing it amongst the most diverse mudflats in the world. Indeed, Roebuck Bay's tidal range is so large, it exposes a staggering 160 km² of mudflats, with tides travelling at up to 20cm/sec mid cycle.
89 imagesImages of Roebuck Plains to the south of Broome, Kimberley, Western Australia.
61 imagesAerial images of Roebuck Plains and Roebuck Bay, just to the south of Broome in the 2011 Kimberley wet season. Sustained and constant rain has turned Roebuck Plains into a giant inland wetland. Runoff from the plains flows out into Roebuck Bay, increasing nutrient levels and causing an annual freshwater inundation. A la nina system has resulted in a larger than average wet season. Roebuck Bay is an important end point on the east-Asian flyway for migratory birds.