Monday, 23 July 2012

Wader Count Time Again

After having a month of not counting waders it was hard to get back into the swing of things. Because it is Winter, we were not expecting many birds, but were surprised to see so many at Norman Point with 10 species for a total of 330 birds. We have only ever recorded Great Knot at Norman Point once before in June 1998. When we went to our second site at Mullen's we only got 11 species for a total of 131 birds.

Some of the 280 Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) 

Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica) Bar-tailed Godwit & Great Knot

Can you find the Great Knot among the Bar-tailed Godwit ?   

It was interesting to see just how many Bar-tailed Godwit and Great Knot still have breeding colour on them.

Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) & Bar-tailed Godwit.

4 comments:

Anni said...

Superior images....yes, I saw the Great Knot...but had to enlarge the photo before seeing it. Incredible.

Gary said...

Great post!! I don't get to see many shorebirds. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

Cute tern!! Great bird post!
Have a nice day!

mick said...

Great photos. Very interesting to see so many birds at Norman Point and also to see so much colour still on them.