I saw my first Ruddy Turnstone in early September of this year but now have seen them again every time I have been out to Inskip. I am not sure if they are always out there (and I have just not been aware of them!) or if it is just at this time of the year when birds are still migrating south. Yesterday at low tide there was a group of them standing at the edge of the water on the far side of the sand island. I took photos of them, then the tide started coming in and as the waves came higher they flew off and landed again a few meters further along the shoreline.
As I started in towards the shore over the sandbanks I saw another one trying to eat a crab. It was so intent on pecking at the crab and shaking it that I was able to get quite close before it even became aware of me.
Update on last week's post about the young Red-capped Plover: It has survived the week and I saw it with its parents again yesterday morning. They are still on the main beach and as the tide was in there was nowhere for them to run away except further along the beach. I detoured off into the bush so I could get past them without disturbing them too much and then took this photo with trees partly blocking my view.
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