Monday, 20 April 2015

More than just Waders.

We woke to a heavy fog with the weather forecast for showers, so were not quite sure what to expect for our wader count. As we got closer to the coast, the weather did not look like it was going to rain anytime soon though. Not long after we arrived at Norman Point to start the count this Black-necked Stork flew overhead. There were not many birds here this day as there was a person fishing where the birds would normally be resting.
 Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)
The Bush Stone-curlew are often seen on the Golf Course at Tin Can Bay. We counted six on this day.
 Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
There was some good breeding colour on the Lesser Sand Plover at the Mullen's roost site.

 Mixed Waders 
 Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)(Male)
 On the walk up to the Mullen's roost site the bush birds were very active.
 Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
at Norman Point, as well as fishermen.
One of the reasons there were no waders or other seabirds at this site, not one Silver Gull to be seen even with his bait bucket all alone.

 Should have taken the kayak with us, the water was so calm and the reflections were amazing.
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Monday, 23 March 2015

Grey Shrike-thrush.

The other day we had a pair of Immature Grey Shrike-thrush come to our yard, and today we had a pair of Immature Australian King Parrot come to the bird bath. I was not able to get photos of the King Parrots, as they did not hang around for long. Maybe next time.
Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Waders at Inskip Point

After all the wet weather we have been having recently, it was good to have clearer skies. This gave us an opportunity to get out and catch up with Mick again at Inskip Point to see the waders before they leave us on their Northern migration. We were not to be disappointed. Many were well into the early stages of their breeding plumage.  

 Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
 Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

 Bar-tailed Godwit  - Great Knot 
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
The Bar-tailed Godwit above and Beach Stone-curlew below were taken the following weekend during an outing to Inskip with some Birds Queensland members. One member really wanted to see  a Beach Stone-curlew. 
 Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus neglectus)

 Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)
Bar-tailed Godwit
 It is amazing just how long the bill is on the Eastern Curlew.

Part of the mixed flock.

Two of the four Dolphins we saw.
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