So grateful for birds, every day! After ten days of rain the sun shone for two days, but now it is pouring again. Here are the birds I photographed yesterday on a long beach walk. With the moon waxing to full tomorrow tides are very high, and very low. We were able to walk around the northern headland onto the next beach, and right to the end of it, where there is a big lagoon favoured by cormorants, pelicans and black swans. Only the swans were absent, but there were gulls, herons and all our usual birds in their radiant beauty. At home the Little Wattlebird was feeding on the new banana flowers ….
and the Grey Butcherbird was in the gum tree ….
then through the bush to the beach where great drifts of kelp had piled up, and the Sooty Oystercatchers were hunting for pippies
We walked for another 30 minutes to the far end of Meringo Beach, where the Meringo ICOLL was open to the sea. I first noticed cormorants perched on bare braches over the water
then I saw the Pelicans
and Silver Gulls
The ICOLL open the sea at present …
At the far end of Meringo Beach there is some columnar basalt, so we climbed about a bit before walking back.
there were Red-Capped Plover on the beach,
look how perfectly his colours match the surroundings!
and Pied Oystercatchers …. can you see he is banded? I wonder who is doing that research? We were almost home when we saw the Ravens in Stinky Creek, picking up tasty things stranded in the seaweed!