The Gippsland Lakes are listed as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention http://www.ramsar.org/cda/en/ramsar-home/main/ramsar/1_4000_0__
The Gippsland Lakes are recognised for the abundance and diversity of water birds as well as the presence of their breeding grounds. The Lakes provide important feeding, resting and breeding habitat for 86 water bird species and the Lakes and surrounding wetlands regularly support up to 40-50,000 water birds. Many of the birds fly long distances to visit the Lakes, such as from the Arctic and Japan.
Detailed information about the site can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/water/publications/environmental/wetlands/21-ecd.html
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers fly in from the Russian Artic and stay all summer. The photo above was taken at Marlay Point where recent work restoring the natural environment has made the area more attractive to them.
More information about the sharp-tailed sandpiper can be found at: http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Calidris-acuminata