Sometimes the best opportunities come in unexpected ways. As our son had to go to the coast for a couple of hours yesterday and knowing how tired he was we decided to go with him, as we have not been down that way for some time. It was not that hard to fill in time waiting with the beach not too far away. With the weather forecast for increasing swell due to Cyclone Daphne, we thought we would check the beach out. The swell was not that big yet, so we checked out the rocks along the foreshore. From a lookout, we saw a Sooty Oystercatcher. We don't get this species up our way and wondered if we went down to the rocks for a photo, would he still be there. As luck would have it, he was.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
From the lookout earlier we saw an Osprey fly over. As we were walking along the beach to where the rocks are the Osprey was having a bath in one of the tidal pools. I heard the Sooty Oystercatcher calling not far from him, which was just as well as they blend in with the rocks. As I was taking photos of the Oystercatcher a second one flew in.
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus)
As this is Part One, for what else we saw on this day watch for Part Two.