Yesterday morning I drove along the Tin Can Bay foreshore to Norman Point. The tide was high so it all looked very beautiful but there are seldom any shorebirds to see except right at the point.
As I looked east I could see that the sandbank right at the end of the point was almost under water but there was still a group of birds roosting there. As usual there were numbers of Silver Gulls, but also a small group of Gull-billed Terns and about 10 or 12 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Another small group of Godwits flew by but continued north to find a better roosting place. The Godwits here now are birds that are too young to have made the migration north to breed this year. Usually birds from the point will move just a short distance to the sand directly south of the point but there were two boats anchored there yesterday so the birds were not going anywhere near that area. One was a houseboat so it is possible they have taken up semi-permanent residence. People and shorebirds don't mix well.