Monday, 22 March 2010

Straddie Birds and Boat

With less than ideal weather of late for Birdwatching or Photographing them it is time to go back over what photos I have that are on standby for times like this.

All these photos were taken while on Stradbroke Island in February this year. The Crested Tern were taken on Main Beach and the Double-banded Plover, Ruddy Turnstone and Red-necked Stint were taken on Flinders Beach which is sheltered from the strong wind.

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Crested Tern (Sterna bergii)

Double-banded Plover (Charadrius bicinctus)

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

The photo of the Sailing Boat is to show you how rough it was. We measured 40km winds on Main Beach, not the best conditions for counting birds and very hard to take photos as well.

Glad I was on the beach and not out at sea.

18 comments:

Kelly said...

...these are great photos to have to have waiting in the wings! I love in the first photo how all the terns are facing into the wind, but that one bird dares to be different!

Neil said...

Thanks Kelly as they say there is one in every crowd.

mick said...

Nice photos - and Straddie sounds wonderful!

Neil said...

Straddie is very nice and the best part is not knowing what you will find next time.

Snail said...

Here are some you prepared earlier!

Weather's been a bit rough all over the state lately. Still, it makes you appreciate the calm moments in between.

Wren said...

That's the cutest little plover! and some rough seas - enough to make you seasick standing on shore looking at them.

Neil said...

Thanks Snail & Wren I was not looking forward to the ferry crossing after seeing how rough it was but it calmed down a lot before we left.

Larry said...

Awesome shots of the Crested Terns Neil and the Double-banded Plover is about the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Thanks for throwing in the shots of the schooner too. It looks pretty rough out there all right. What a beautiful vessel.

Neil said...

Thanks Larry they are very cute.

Johnny Nutcase said...

these are excellent, shots, Neil! I love plovers of all sorts, and this guy is cute as can be. The terns are pretty awesome too. Nice post!

Neil said...

Thanks Johnny

Mosura said...

Wow that boat is on quite a lean in the last shot! Love the tern photo.

Neil said...

Thanks Mosura that is why I was on dry land.

Lana Gramlich said...

I love the shot of the terns. Very cool!

NatureFootstep said...

lol, I was thinking the same thing as Kelly :)

Neil said...

Thanks Lana and NF

gwendolen said...

Lovely. The tall ship is very cool too :-)

Neil said...

Thanks Gwendolen the ship was beautiful to watch in the rough seas.