The black-fronted dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) is a small, slender plover that is widespread throughout most of Australia, to which it is native, and New Zealand, where it self-introduced in the 1950s.

It is common in freshwater wetlands, around the edges of lakes and billabongs, and in shallow, temporary claypan pools. It is also found occupying saline mudflats and estuaries, but rarely. They are generally sedentary, with a single bird, a pair, or a family group occupying a stretch of habitat on a more or less permanent basis. However, some individuals appear to travel considerable distances, and flocks will sometimes congregate in food-rich areas.

Unlike many other wading birds, black-fronted dotterels retain the same plumage all year round, which makes identification easier. They forage in a series of short running motions, holding the body horizontal, stopping to peck from time to time with a rapid bobbing motion. Their diet consists of mostly insects and other small creatures, supplemented by a few seeds.
Black-fronted Dotterel
Date Location Count
2019-10-08 06:20Chinamans Pool Nature Reserve20
2019-10-18 09:45Fortescue River Crossing, North West Coastal Hwy1
2019-10-16 12:15Hamelin Homestead, Hamelin Pool5
2019-10-17 14:35Walkabout Wastewater Treatment Plant (Port Hedland)1
2019-10-20 16:02Tom Price Sewage Treatment Works8
2019-10-19 06:30De Grey River (Great Northern Hwy)6
2019-10-19 08:28Crescent Lake (Willie Creek) (restricted access)1
2019-10-21 14:34Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant3
2019-10-11 14:30Lake Monger Reserve1
2019-10-14 11:38Point Fraser Demonstration Wetland1
2019-10-16 16:20Swamp at -31.84673, 115.95962, Whiteman2
2019-10-09 10:38Wongan Hills Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2019-10-11 08:40John Masters Bird Hide (Toodyay)1
2019-10-09 17:13Avon Weir (Northam)1
2019-10-17 15:24Wagin Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-10-08 09:14Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve--Marglu Billabong8
2019-10-10 16:19Kununurra 3rd Irrigation Channel1
2019-10-19 05:40Halls Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant25
2019-10-12 05:15Lake Argyle36
2019-10-21 11:30Duncan Rd, Palm Springs.3
2019-10-15 11:00Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant7
2019-10-09 07:00Kakadu National Park--Yellow Water1
2019-10-20 15:44Katherine Wastewater Treatment Plant50
2019-10-07 16:51Tennant Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2019-10-20 07:00Alice Springs Sewage Ponds10
2019-10-14 16:00Cattle tank on Riversleigh road1
2019-10-19 06:30Lake Moondarra1
2019-10-18 10:00Chinaman Creek Dam2
2019-10-19 16:03Burke River Crossing, Boulia2
2019-10-19 16:15Boulia Sewage Ponds1
2019-10-11 09:00Upper Daintree Rd2
2019-10-19 06:26Daintree Village Boat Cruise2
2019-10-21 15:20Nautilus St, Port Douglas1
2019-10-15 14:19Winton Sewage Ponds, off Dump Rd2
2019-10-16 07:57Bladensburg National Park3
2019-10-16 05:46Long Waterhole (Winton)3
2019-10-18 14:17Hasties Swamp National Park1
2019-10-18 06:35Cattana Wetlands2
2019-10-10 07:00Lake Tinaroo3
2019-10-19 06:17Cairns Esplanade Mangroves at -16.90333, 145.762781
2019-10-20 17:15Cairns Esplanade--Northern End4
2019-10-21 06:12Cairns Esplanade3
2019-10-20 16:20Cairns Esplanade--Southern End5
2019-10-16 07:43France Rd Turf Farm (Edmonton)3
2019-10-20 17:28Byards Wetland (Reynella East)2
2019-10-20 07:30Bohle Wetlands Revegetaion Site3
2019-10-20 06:29Townsville Town Common Conservation Park4
2019-10-21 06:35Townsville Town Common--Pandanus Viewing Area12
2019-10-18 05:36Carlyle Gardens Retirement Resort, Townsville1
2019-10-20 15:45Laratinga Wetlands1
2019-10-20 07:54Ross River Dam Borrow Pits Kelso4
2019-10-13 07:15Ross River Dam, Lake Ross and SW Hinterland2
2019-10-11 17:52Fairfield Waters Wetland
2019-10-21 08:30Finniss River5
2019-10-21 09:00Tolderol Game Reserve
2019-10-15 05:45Barcaldine3
2019-10-20 14:32Clarence Plains Rivulet Saltmarsh1
2019-10-08 13:30Hart Lagoon2
2019-10-09 10:10Murray-Sunset National Park--Lindsay Island3
2019-10-20 17:43Lake Dulverton Conservation Area (Oatlands)4
2019-10-16 12:26Eungella Dam--Visitor and Camping Area1
2019-10-14 13:00Eungella National Park--Diggings Rd2
2019-10-19 10:12Canunda Causeway1
2019-10-13 05:25Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary--Saw Pits FRS9
2019-10-16 06:00Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary--Lagoon Camping Area9
2019-10-19 08:51De Moleyns Lagoon2
2019-10-20 09:30Hattah-Kulkyne National Park--Lake Mournpall1
2019-10-08 09:52Hattah-Kulkyne National Park7
2019-10-12 08:15Lake Hindmarsh1
2019-10-21Tamar Island Wetlands2
2019-10-13 07:00Rockhampton Botanic Gardens1
2019-10-13 05:56Kinka Wetlands, Kinka Beach1
2019-10-20 06:00St. George Weir3
2019-10-20 08:45Cheetham Salt Works, Port Alma Rd (restricted access)1
2019-10-15 15:08Macarthur Park Wetlands (Miners Rest)1
2019-10-17 09:00Crusoe Reservoir and No.7 Park (Bendigo)6
2019-10-18 09:00Bendigo Sewage Ponds2
2019-10-20 07:24Bendigo Sewage Ponds--Wallenjoe Road Ponds1
2019-10-16 14:30Axe Creek at Sinclairs Rd (restricted access)1
2019-10-16 15:00Lexton Rd Dam1
2019-10-17 18:38Lake Cargelligo Wastewater Treatment Plant2
2019-10-19 14:30Lake Cargelligo--Leki C Hide2
2019-10-14 12:35Lake Wyangan1
2019-10-11 06:50Campbells Swamp (Griffith)4
2019-10-08 10:15James Bridge Road (Picola)1
2019-10-19 15:14Lake Eppalock--Old Bendigo Road6
2019-10-20 14:16Kiacatoo swamp1
2019-10-20 14:40Serendip Sanctuary1
2019-10-09 14:15Shepparton wastewater treatment plant (restricted access)1
2019-10-15 09:56Eynesbury Forest and Grasslands1
2019-10-19 08:15Beach Rd, Avalon2
2019-10-18 16:29Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--T Section Ponds1
2019-10-08 09:00Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Point Wilson Rd at Beach Rd3
2019-10-18 08:59Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Western Lagoons2
2019-10-18 08:00Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)--Lake Borrie2
2019-10-21 14:30Western Treatment Plant (Werribee)2
2019-10-11 11:00Narrandera Wetlands2
2019-10-14 19:01Plenty Gorge Park--South Morang Wetlands2
2019-10-17 01:20West Wyalong STW and Rotary Park Wetlands1
2019-10-08 12:15Karkarook Park2
2019-10-13 10:54Lantrak Quarry, Heatherton (restricted access)2
2019-10-10 14:19Spring Valley Golf Club (restricted access)1
2019-10-11 07:18Henley Golf Course (Restricted access)1
2019-10-13 08:20Dandenong Valley Wetland1
2019-10-15 11:26Lilydale Sewage Treatment Plant10
2019-10-21 14:10Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens2
2019-10-11 17:26Balbirooroo Wetlands2
2019-10-21 11:45Gum Swamp TSR (Forbes)2
2019-10-15 16:20Dubbo Sewage Treatment Plant2
2019-10-17 11:15Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park--Chiltern Valley #1 Dam2
2019-10-09 08:22Chiltern Township2
2019-10-14 13:59Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga1
2019-10-12 09:27Nyanza wetland, Gerogery Rd, Table Top (private property)2
2019-10-17 08:00Bingara2
2019-10-07 17:22Trafalgar Wastewater Treatment Ponds (restricted access)3
2019-10-21 11:32Eli Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and Storage Dams (restricted access)1
2019-10-17 14:28Loveday Cove (Lake Cooby)4
2019-10-21 18:11Charles Sturt University, Orange1
2019-10-19 07:15Spring Creek Reservoir, Orange4
2019-10-21 14:20Putta Bucca Wetlands, Mudgee4
2019-10-14 10:00Lake Galletly (University of Queensland - Gatton campus)8
2019-10-19 12:26The Spit, Lake Somerset1
2019-10-07 16:58Amiens Rd Dam (Pozieres)3
2019-10-12 12:25Banool Road2
2019-10-14 08:14Lake Dyer, Bill Gunn Dam, Laidley8
2019-10-21 06:35Rosewood Wetland on Bremer Rd4
2019-10-14 07:04Rush Creek Rd, Dayboro (permit and farmer's permission required)2
2019-10-19 06:45Lake Samsonvale--Golds Scrub Lane (some areas restricted access)15
2019-10-18 15:00Colleges Crossing1
2019-10-19 06:30Capertee Valley1
2019-10-18 09:10Stony Creek Nature Reserve1
2019-10-08 12:58Uriarra Loop Track1
2019-10-20 16:15Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve2
2019-10-12 13:35Priors Pocket (Moggill)1
2019-10-20 06:45Buckleys Hole (Bongaree)2
2019-10-20 06:40Dowse Lagoon (Sandgate)4
2019-10-19 05:40Oxley Creek Common1
2019-10-19 13:53Wyndham Avenue ponds1
2019-10-08 08:30Percival Hill Nature Reserve3
2019-10-12 14:00Ginninderra Creek--Nicholls2
2019-10-18 11:30North Weston Ponds2
2019-10-19 18:02National Arboretum--main dam2
2019-10-20 07:17Minnippi Parklands6
2019-10-14 08:49GJ Fuller Oval Lagoons2
2019-10-17 13:45Sandy Camp Road Wetlands1
2019-10-19 11:33Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost1
2019-10-14 07:40Lytton Wader Roost and Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk1
2019-10-10 06:20Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk2
2019-10-20 11:40Lithgow Wastewater Treatment Plant1
2019-10-20 12:12Jerrabomberra Wetlands NR--paddocks (east)2
2019-10-21 17:20Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve2
2019-10-11 13:34Eagleby--Eagleby Rd, south lake1
2019-10-11 09:32Goulburn Recreation Area1
2019-10-20 16:06Tea Trees Wetland (Arundel)3
2019-10-21 06:10North Quarry, Penrith Lakes7
2019-10-19 11:51Powells Lane, Richmond2
2019-10-20 08:30Richmond Lowlands1
2019-10-21 12:45Freemans Reach turf farms1
2019-10-09 12:15Wilberforce Lagoon7
2019-10-20 13:40Saleyard Ponds, Berrima Rd, Moss Vale2
2019-10-08 09:00West Byron Wetlands (Restricted access - Council key required)2
2019-10-15 16:00Bow Bowing Park, Minto9
2019-10-18 16:49Seapeace (restricted access)1
2019-10-19 07:00Teven Rd Swamp3
2019-10-10 11:22West Ballina STP (restricted access, Council permission required)3
2019-10-09 10:30Sydney Olympic Park1
2019-10-17 17:17Bicentennial Park (Sydney Olympic Park)--Waterbird Refuge4
2019-10-19 08:21Tallawarra Ash Pond 3, Yallah (Restricted Access)3
2019-10-20 16:00Barton Park South--Landing Lights Wetland2
2019-10-10 07:59Grahamstown Lake2
2019-10-20 16:26Eastlakes golf course3
2019-10-19 07:30Boyters Lane, Jerseyville7
2019-10-19 10:38Ashburton River Mouth (Hakatere), Canterbury2
2019-10-08 10:53Hurunui Mouth2
2019-10-14 11:54Otaki WTP4