Broome’s Dampier Creek
It’s early morning in the mangroves lining Dampier Creek on the fringe of Broome’s Chinatown, and air is alive with birdsong. A small female Broad-billed flycatcher alights briefly on mangrove pneumataphores, the spiky air-breathing roots that emerge from the mud at low tide, as a Bar-shouldered dove sings out above her.
There are around 6km² of mangroves surrounding Dampier Creek, one of the reasons that Roebuck Bay is listed as a RAMSAR wetland of international significance, and with eleven species listed in the Bay, Dampier Creek is important in that it has some of the highest species diversity and tallest trees. There is a distinct zonation in the mangroves; typically Avicennia, Rhizophora and Ceriops in a landward direction. Subject to Broome’s enormous tidal variations, the mangroves are covered by tides of up to 10m on a high spring tide.
For more information on Roebuck Bay see the Roebuck Bay Working Group website.