Monday, 12 January 2015

Birds and Bees

Wader Count time again. As this one was in the middle of the day with the weather very hot and humid, we were not looking forward to doing it this time round, and did not know what to expect bird wise. 

Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

 Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Some starting to show colour

1294 birds of 10 species were recorded - Pied Oystercatcher,
Lesser & Greater Sand Plover, Red-capped Plover, Eastern Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Great Knot, Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper,Gull-billed Tern.



Part of the flock of small waders.

Samphire showing beautiful colour

Bees
Just as we were leaving the wader flats we found this swarm of bees.

For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday.



18 comments:

mick said...

Lovely birds - and bees! The little Red-capped with the wings lifted is beautiful! I need to take a walk out that way soon.

eileeninmd said...

Great collection of birds. The Red-Capped is one of my favorites. The bee shot is amazing.. Have a great week!

TexWisGirl said...

lovely shorebirds! sweet plovers!

NatureFootstep said...

so amazing to see all those birds I wouls love it. :)

Thanks for the name. You were right it is a Victoria’s riflebird :)

Nora said...

Birds and Bees in one post! I love shorebirds so much.

DeniseinVA said...

Great series, loved the birds and thought the bee swarm shot was very cool!

Irma said...

Beautiful series of photographs of these different birds.
The bees picture is really great.
Best regards, Irma

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW 1294 birds. How wonderful and a great selection.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Those bees would keep me from going any further!! Ewwww.

But the birds...gorgeous. I've never seen the red capped before. It's very pretty.

Phil Slade said...

That's a lot of waders and a good selection of species.

Marie said...

What a beautiful place! Great captures!

Helma said...

Beautiful nature and waterfowl are wonderful to see. I think the bees on the last picture really special!

Carletta said...

That old tune of 'let me tell you bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees' is running through my mind. :)
Great shots!
That is a lot of birds!!!
Love the bee shot but I'm allergic to their sting so I wouldn't have wanted to get too close just in case.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful birds, so many of them all in one place.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a great collection of birds and other wonders of nature (that been nest is amazing and a little scary to me).

And I love that you see so many birds.

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like you had a successful bird count in spite of the heat and humidity.

Stewart M said...

I have to say I really like waders - but I have not managed to get out much so far this year - better get my skates on!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sharon Wagner said...

A good count indeed. I wouldn't want to count the bees though...