Friday, March 18, 2011

Migrating Now.

If you live in this part of SE Queensland and want to see the shorebirds in their beautiful breeding colors then you should get out to your favorite wader roost soon. I have received notice from other sites on the Sunshine Coast that some of their shorebirds have already left. I have been out at Inskip Point for the last two mornings and took these photos. There is an early high tide right now and so I got out there VERY early before there were either people or vehicles disturbing the birds. The breeding colors on the birds were amazing. I shall post about individual species next week but I wanted to let everyone know that the birds are there right now and well worth seeing. All these photos were taken right on the Point.
Be patient if they have their backs towards you. They eventually turn around and it's worth waiting for.

8 comments:

  1. Love that last shot- that would make a nice screensaver.

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  2. Thanks Mike, it's great to see the Godwits all colored up like that.

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  3. Very nice shots of the shorebirds Mick. Good advise too ;-)

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  4. Thanks Larry and I guess the ones that travel up the west coast of the USA will be returning soon.

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  5. Hi Mick.
    Good to hear they are ready in the "Departure Lounge".
    Lets hope they travel safely, not through a radioactive plume, north from Japan.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  6. Hi Denis, the birds are definitely flying into trouble up north. Some of them do go through Japan and some stay there. Also each year there is more land reclaimed (in that part of Asia) and less tidal flats left for the shorebirds. We are seeing a decline in numbers each year.

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  7. Your patience is much appreciated Mick.

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  8. Thanks Sallie, it was worth waiting for!

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