Monday, 20 April 2015

More than just Waders.

We woke to a heavy fog with the weather forecast for showers, so were not quite sure what to expect for our wader count. As we got closer to the coast, the weather did not look like it was going to rain anytime soon though. Not long after we arrived at Norman Point to start the count this Black-necked Stork flew overhead. There were not many birds here this day as there was a person fishing where the birds would normally be resting.
 Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)
The Bush Stone-curlew are often seen on the Golf Course at Tin Can Bay. We counted six on this day.
 Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus)
There was some good breeding colour on the Lesser Sand Plover at the Mullen's roost site.

 Mixed Waders 
 Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)(Male)
 On the walk up to the Mullen's roost site the bush birds were very active.
 Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)

White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
at Norman Point, as well as fishermen.
One of the reasons there were no waders or other seabirds at this site, not one Silver Gull to be seen even with his bait bucket all alone.

 Should have taken the kayak with us, the water was so calm and the reflections were amazing.
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