This was the second day out kayaking for me after a long break and once again the weather did not cooperate. The rain absolutely pelted down and I could only get the camera out during the brief period between showers. Then of course, once I was home again, it all cleared up and we had a fine sunny day. I kayaked around to the Mullens roost as there is always a different selection of birds there.
The smaller waders usually can be found at the head of the bay and they were still there yesterday. I had good close looks at Red-capped Plover and Red-necked Stint - but these ones are fairly easy to get close to. I was lucky with the Lesser Sand-plovers too - I sat still in the kayak on the opposite side of the bay and then let the wind and tide drift me in towards them. It worked this time! This photo shows part of the flock I saw yesterday. (A large photo)
I have been told that waders need to increase their body weight by at least one third to make the northern migration successfully. These Lesser Sand-plovers breed in inland eastern Siberia so they have a long way to go. The photos I took yesterday show all the birds looking like little fat balls. I also managed to get photos showing different stages in breeding plumage.
I had a great time kayaking - even if it was raining!