Sunday, 29 August 2010

Tin Can Bay - Cooloola Cove.

Just a selection of birds we came across during a recent wader count at Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove, not all that many in number as we are waiting for the waders to return from their Northern breeding grounds. Not too much longer to wait.

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Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)

Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)

As we were walking back from the count site we came across a fever of stingrays feeding close inshore. We do not normally see this many, there must have been a lot of food for them in this particular area.

Stingrays

14 comments:

mick said...

The Caspian Tern is beautiful with that very dark cap. I don't like the stingrays so much! Glad I wasn't having to walk among them to get the count done.

Neil said...

Hi Mick the stingrays were on the way back we did not see any at the count site.

Larry said...

Great shots of the birds Neil. I especially like the Silver Gull. Incredible eyes.

The photos of the stingrays were extra special too. Very cool. I would love to see those.

Neil said...

Thanks Larry you never know what you will see on the next count always interesting.

Slugyard said...

Nice eye picking the stingrays out- great photos.

Neil said...

Thanks Slugyard they are sometimes very hard to see.

Phil said...

Nice Silver Gull Neil. Is that the gull I see when watching the cricket from Aussie?

dreamfalcon said...

Caspians are very nice with their big red beak. I'd love to stingrays one day - maybe not on a birding trip where I always look skywards...

Neil said...

Hi Phil yes that would be the Gull you would see at the cricket.

Neil said...

Thanks Dreamfalcon the bill on the Caspian does stand out we don't see that many of them up this way so they are easy to spot when we do.

Scott (JournOwl) said...

Birds and marine life! It doesn't get better than mixing both worlds to complete a great outdoor adventure. Thanks for posting!

Neil said...

Thanks Scott.

NatureFootstep said...

o boy, that tern has a really big bill. :)
Great shots. :)

Neil said...

Thanks NF they sure do have a big bill not sure that I would like to be on the receiving end of it.