Sunday, 11 April 2010

Waders In The Fog

Our latest Wader Count began with an early start (up at 4.30am in the morning). Still very dark!

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Arriving at Tin Can Bay and later at Mullens', we found visibility limited by a very heavy fog.


It cleared however to a hot and very humid day for April, leaving the water calm and clear.

Waders were still to be seen in reasonable numbers.

A slight miscalculation in time taken at the Wader roost meant having to walk and drag our kayak part of the way back to the car. But it was well worth the effort just to be out there on your own with only the bird calls and the little fish jumping as you paddle along.

Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)

A group of juvenile Pacific Black Ducks that we came across later at the Tin Can Bay Sewage Works.

12 comments:

Larry said...

Very cool Neil! I love those Pacific Black Duck chicks. I have to get a kayak!

mick said...

It was very strange weather conditions for a count, wasn't it! I have certainly never tried counting in fog like that before. I like the row of ducks.

Neil said...

Thanks Larry you won't be sorry with a kayak.
Yes Mick very strange to count in those conditions hope we don't have too many more like that

NicoleB, Egypt said...

Must have been amazing to see those huge flocks!
Well worth carrying the kajak back :)
And the Black duck chicks are great as well.

eileeninmd said...

Cute ducklings. Sounds like you had a great outing even with the "interesting" weather.

Wren said...

It sounds like a peaceful and relaxing day. Love the juvies in the final photo!

Neil said...

Thanks Nicole, Eileen & Wren for your comments

MaineBirder said...

Kayaks are great! And you have the photos to prove it!

Neil said...

Thanks MB they are great to have.

Johnny Nutcase said...

great series, Neil, love the baby ducks :)
and that first photo of the fog - really nice!

Bob Kaufman said...

Very nice shot of the duck row. It must be grueling to the count but quite rewarding as well.

Neil said...

Thanks Johnny & Bob it is very rewarding indeed.