Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Winter Wader Count

While undertaking our wader count some people on motorbikes decided to visit the roost site. You can see by the following photos the damage they caused. We feel that had we not been there at this time just how much more would have been done? 






 They had to ride past this sign to get to the roost site.


They must have seen us on the flats and thought they had better leave.
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)
At 14-16cm the Red-capped Plover is not easy to see from a distance. They live and breed on the flats.
 
Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) 
Came across a small feeding flock of these on the way up to the wader site.
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)





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5 comments:

mick said...

Very interesting and great photos. I especially like the little Red-browed Finch - which I still do not have a good photo of! Most unfortunate when notices to protect the habitat are ignored!

Kristi Bowman said...

Such a shame people are so destructive!! Very sad! Beautiful bird pictures!!!

Margaret Adamson said...

Pity you did not take their photos and reported them. That way the birds would be safe. Loved the red capped plover. It would not take much to squash them from those bikes!

Adam Jones said...

Nothing is sacred any more. Terrible to see what they'd done. Hopefully no long term effects.
Nice looking Plover though.

Marie C said...

Oh how awful! I can't believe some people!!!

That red-browed finch is one of the prettiest birds I've ever seen! Great photo.