Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Birding on a hot day.

Sunday turned out to be fine and very hot, even the birds were feeling the heat of the day. Inskip Point is always a good place for Waders, Gulls and Terns.

Crested Tern (Sterna bergii)

Crested Tern (Sterna bergii) Right front
Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) Left front
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) Rear

Crested Tern 1st and 4th
Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae) 3rd and 5th
Little Tern 2nd
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) Rear

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) Front
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) Rear

As you walk along the track to the Point, there are a great variety of bush birds to be seen and heard. Some of them on this day were Variegated Fairy-wren, Varied Triller, Black-breasted Button-quail, Brush Turkey, Eastern Yellow Robin, and Little Wattlebird, as well as this White-cheeked Honeyeater.
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Phylidonyris nigra)

Very early on Sunday morning at Mullens' as we were waiting for the tide to come in so we could launch the kayak and check out some of the wader sites, there were lots of birds flying about the area. Some of these were Galah, Azure Kingfisher, Brown Honeyeater, Leaden Flycatcher, Rufous Whistler and Grey Shrike-thrush.

Rufous Whistler (Immature Male) (Pachycephala rufiventris)

Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica)

Mullens' early morning with tide coming in.


mick said...

All nice photos but the one of Mullens is beautiful. I like all those Curlew SP. Just luck to see all those together I guess. I didn't see any at all!

Gary said...

What a great tour and view of some of your native birds. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

holdingmoments said...

Great selection. I love to see the different birds from around the world. That's quite a selection of Terns.

Springman said...

What an amazing walk and paddle. Your camera was very busy and captured the day beautifully. Birding from a kayak is heavenly. Great stuff! ;-)WBW

theconstantwalker said...

Nice images of some lovely birds. As I shiver in the UK "Birding on a hot day " is a few months off lol. Thanks for sharing some warmth.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful birds and photos! I am waiting for some hot days here to do some birding.

Sondra said...

I love that crested tern...so cute! ALL wonderful images of your great birds!

Pat said...

Beautiful shots of a great variety of birds!

Pat Ulrich said...

Great shots! I especially like the terns, and how you can realy see the size difference between the species.

Gouldiae said...

Good one Neil,
You can see it's hot in those first couple of shots - beaks agape.