Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Inskip Point

This post is for World Bird Wednesday.

It was a beautiful morning at Inskip Point yesterday - bright sunshine and enough wind to make the boats with sails move along quickly.
Because it is winter here now I don't expect to see many shorebirds and the only ones I saw yesterday were a small flock of Red-capped Plovers roosting in the tire tracks on the dry sand.
Crested Terns are here all year round and there were about 50 of them roosting together at the edge of the water. They were in all stages of moult and it was quite difficult to pick the adults from the juveniles.
While some were sitting and sleeping and others were preening their plumage there were a few that decided they needed a bath and were splashing around in the shallows. They really made the water fly - then when they were finished, with one quick shake of the wings, they flew off onto the sand again.
The surprise of the morning came as a I walked off the sand to the track through the bush. There were three Sacred Kingfishers on the sand. I have seen Kingfishers catch small crabs at other times so assume that's what these ones were doing - although they were just sitting still when I saw them.

24 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Lovely captures of the Terns bathing Mick.

Gary said...

Great action shots and the sail boat is great. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Andrew said...

Mick you have some beautiful birds.
Many thanks for sharing your lovely images and information.

Ishtar said...

Kingfishers are soooooo cute!!! Your shots are better than the ones I caught some weeks ago:

http://esthergarvi.com/2011/05/31/birdwatch-niger-my-first-kingfisher-catch/

BirdingMaine said...

Fabulous post and photos as always Mick!

Gouldiae said...

G'day Mick,
Nice set of the cresteds bathing. Always good to get some 'behavioural' shots from time to time and that last crested shot shows why they are good flyers!
Regards,
Gouldiae.

joo said...

They are little stunners!

Bill S. said...

Great series of shots. I love the bathing shots.

texwisgirl said...

those stubby little kingfishers are adorable! and the terns bathing are great!

Springman said...

Great series Mick! Your terns splashing in the surf are superb. Thanks for sharing!

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice series!

Kim, USA said...

Hehe this made me smile. A small bird with a long beck ^_^

Duck photo shoot

Carletta said...

Love the image of the sailboat!
Great action shots of the bathing terns.
I caught myself smiling when I imagined that little kingfisher doing a penquin imitation. :)
Wonderful captures!

Snail said...

Were the kingfishers trying to warm up?

Excellent pics of the tern at ablutions. Birds always look as though they're having a great time when they're splashing about!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - terns are always worth a look and the kingfisher must have been a real treat.

Cheers - Stewart M

NatureFootstep said...

I love the shots of the tern. It looks cool with that yellow bill. The shots are stunning when you enlarge them. :)

And the kingfisher... hey are always stunning.

Jean said...

I like the Crested Terns and the very cool Kingfisher captures.
I want to go for a ride on that sailboat!

Sondra said...

Great shots of the terns..and IM loving that Kingfisher!

Barb said...

I love your tern shots - great action! and I've seen Kingfishers but never that close - how neat! thanks for stopping by my blog!

NicoleB said...

wow, I've never seen a Kingfisher on the ground :D
Almost didn't recognize him ;)
I love the bath shots!

bailey-road.com said...

Love the bathing beauties! Marvelous captures!

Pat Ulrich said...

Wonderful post! The terns are beautiful as always, and how interesting to see the kingfisher on the sand. Would be neat to photograph it pulling out a crab!

Hilke Breder said...

Mick, you got some marvellous shots of a Crested Tern taking a bath! Love the Kingfisher!

JM said...

The bathing Tern shots are fantastic and the Kingfisher is so cute!