Monday, 7 February 2011

Summer Wader Count

As we were unable to count last month due to being flooded in, it was good to be able to do the Summer Count this month, even though the weather was not quite perfect with a couple of light showers. Not enough to get wet in, but enough to be annoying. What was interesting was that there were no Terns or Raptors sighted during the day.

1,693 birds of 13 Species were recorded for the count.

Species recorded - Silver Gull, Bar-tailed Godwit, Australian Pelican, Striated Heron, Masked Lapwing, White-faced Heron, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Red-capped Plover, Red-necked Stint, Pied Oystercatcher.

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)

Striated Heron (Butorides striatus)

What may have been silt from the recent flooding was seen in a few patches on the wader flats.


mick said...

An interesting count although not quite as many as I would have expected for this time of year. I like the photo of the Godwits with the boats in the background.

Neil said...

Thanks Mick
Maybe they will get better next month.

Larry said...

That's a lot of birds Neil! I hope the weather lets up for awhile over there. That Australian Pelican is gorgeous! Nice shots.

Neil said...

Thanks Larry I hope so to would be nice to see blue sky again.