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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mick said...

A great lot of birds for the day but the pick of them all is the Black-necked Stork - an amazing photo! I really like that last photo too - it shows off how still and beautiful the reflections were that day.

Mosura said...

Love the Jabiru and the Stone-curlew.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome collection of birds. I love the stork flight shots. And the Curlew is a cute bird.. Great photos.

Karen said...

Wonderful in-flight captures of the Jabiru! Beautiful scenery as well.

Margaret Adamson said...

A marvekous collection of birds in this post and I especially love the flight shots of the Stork.

Adam Jones said...

The flight shots of the Stork are amazing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So envious of all your beautiful birds, especially the storks in flight. I love the rufous Whistler and the drain go because they are completely new and different from anything I've seen, even in photos. (We actually have a kind of stork here in Florida.)

Mary Cromer said...

Those Storks are so graceful. Very lovely image shares of all birds~

Marie C said...

Beautiful photos of a lovely place and some awesome birds! I especially loved the overhead views of the stork!

June Caedmon said...

Fabulous flight shots of the stork! Wonderful markings on the Whistler. Sorry about the fisherman spoiling your count :(

Wally Jones said...

You had a great day birding!

Terrific variety. Most of these are new for me. Would love to see them in person!

That still water is very inviting. I'm with you - need to the kayak in!

Thanks for sharing such wonderful images!