Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shorebirds at Mullens

It was an absolutely perfect morning with quite a high tide so I decided to kayak around to the Mullens shorebirds roost. The birds were standing at the edge of the water in several places around the bay but none of them settled for long. I could not get close to any of them although I could not see what was making them fly off. When I first got there they were spread out at the northern end of the site which is not the place they usually prefer. Then they flew off to the southern end and then came back again later. None of these photos show any detail on the birds but rather show the kind of habitat they prefer in this area. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
Part of the flock at the northern end of the bay.
Mainly Gull-billed Terns and Eastern Curlews in silhouette against the light.
Part of the flock of Gull-billed Terns - quite a large number since breeding inland earlier this year.
Pacific Golden Plover - very difficult to see among the saltmarsh plants. These and the other smaller waders just disappear among the plants when disturbed.
Flying Past.
Spread out on the south-west of the bay.


  1. Wish I had something similar close to home. Love that second photo!

  2. Hi Mosura, thanks for commenting. I think Eastern Curlew always make spectacular photos - even against the light as that one is! This is a great area and I am lucky to have it so close and easy to get to.

  3. Hi Mock
    Great that you had such a good outing.
    Lots of birds.

  4. Thanks Denis its great to see all the birds and know that these ones at least have survived the migration again.

  5. Amazing pics! I love shorebirds!