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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mick said...

Great photos of the Striated Heron and very lucky indeed that it flew up into the mangrove tree where you could see and photograph it. Those Silver Gulls just HAVE to be photographed every now and again:-)


Love the heron.

I don't think I've ever seen a Silver Gull before today.

Chris Rohrer said...

I agree with Mick about the gulls. They are quite striking. Congrats on the Striated Heron!

TexWisGirl said...

your heron is very much like the one we call 'green heron' or 'green-backed heron'. nice!

Carletta said...

Great shots especially the fourth one with the light and focus of the eye.

Karen said...

I do like that Silver Gull! A handsome Heron!

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the Silver Gulls and of course that heron was a lovely find and great shot you got of it.

Marie said...

Great birds! I particularly love the heron.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The heron is very beautiful!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The striated heron has such a beautiful melting of colours. Even though the silver gull may be common in beach worlds, it still is a beautiful bird round the seascape.