This post is for World Bird Wednesday.
I have been kayaking twice this week going to two different shorebird roosts. While I saw plenty of shorebirds I could not get close enough to get good photos of any of them. S0, I photographed what was there and that was these Welcome Swallows which were sitting up in this dead tree and preening and resting. I wish I could get some in-flight photos but I still have not learned to be fast enough to focus in the right place at the right time.
The bay waters are always very beautiful first thing in the morning. This photo is taken from the Mullens picnic site at high tide and looking straight over to the other side of the bay.
A photo such as this gives no idea of how shallow these waters are and how much sand is exposed at low tide. This is at low tide taken from the same site.
I usually kayak in the southern part of the Great Sandy Strait which stretches from Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay in the south right up to Harvey Bay in the north. The Great Sandy Strait has many miles of similar sand and mud flats which makes it an ideal feeding place for shorebirds of all kinds. It is recognized as a "Wetland of International Significance" and listed under the Ramsar treaty.