Monday, 19 May 2014

Wader Count

Though most of the waders have left for the Northern Hemisphere, there are some that stay behind. What was a surprise for us was to see a Bar-tailed Godwit, (on the left in the photo below), that looks to have a white flag on its right leg.  

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Silver Gull
  Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)

As we waited for the time to start counting the waders, this Striated Heron flew into a mangrove not too far away, and started fishing in front of us. Somebody walked out near to were it was, and the heron flew away. Just as we started counting, the heron flew back and landed in a big mangrove tree, so I went and tried to get some photos of it.
 Striated Heron (Butorides striatus)
 Before it flew away it was in this small mangrove.
After it came back it landed in a big mangrove.

Some people getting ready to kite surf from the sandbar where the waders normally rest.
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