It was another beautiful day yesterday and I decided to kayak out to the sand island at Inskip Point and try again to get a count of the shorebirds out there. This time no fishermen came by in their noisy boats. Most of the birds were all strung out along the tide line. (Part of the flock)
I took a series of photos of these so that if the worst happened I could do a partial count on the photos. I also looked over the rest of the island and started counting the Terns, Gulls, Cormorants, Pelicans and Eastern Curlews which were off by themselves. I was just about to start on the main flock when the flock of 50 plus pelicans suddenly flew up and low over the roosting shorebirds. They must have sounded like jumbo jets taking off over the much smaller birds. The inevitable happened - EVERYTHING took off!
The pelicans had spotted fish in the water just on the other side of the main roosting flock. They came down in the water and splashed, and flew, and jumped and practically walked on the water to get to the fish. No polite manners here! Every bird for itself!
The Cormorants joined in and dived under to get their share.
Finally the Silver Gulls joined the rush and picked off any small fish which had tried to escape by coming into the shallows.
It was an interesting bit of bird interaction - but NOT a count!