Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Small Shorebirds

This post is for World Bird Wednesday.

When I walked out to Mullens the other day the bigger shorebirds were all at the far side of the roost. Since I had walked out instead of kayaking there was no way I could get closer to them. However the smaller shorebirds were in their preferred roost site at the southern end of the roost and all I had to do was wade through some shallow water. They were standing in shallow water in among the saltmarsh plants. Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stints were roosting together. Both of these birds are only 15cm (6 inches) beak to tail. Red-capped Plovers are an Australian shorebird and stay here all year. Quite a few were showing their beautiful red caps. Red-necked Stints are the smallest of all the shorebirds that migrate from the arctic to spend the summer here. They only show their red necks just before they migrate north - that is in March and April.

23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

cute little birds. love the red-capped plovers!

Gary said...

Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

heyBJK said...

Beautiful birds, Mick! I love the scenery in your shots. Nice job!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Mick..

eileeninmd said...

I just love the cute Plovers, great shots.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

beautiful photographs your plovers.

NicoleB said...

OK, envious once again :D They are so beautiful and I love the close-up!

Rohrerbot said...

Really nice shots! I love the background and the birds together in your work. You really capture these things nicely.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - nice pictures - I'll be banding lots of the stints between Christmas and the New Year. We target other waders, but you can’t avoid these little chaps!

Hope you have a good weekend!!

Stewart M - Melbourne

Nature Rambles said...

truly beautiful shots!

NatureFootstep said...

great shots Mick. Love their red necks. :)

Arija said...

Great shots of these tinies Mick.

Have a very Happy Christmas!

holdingmoments said...

Those Red-capped Plovers are beauties Mick.

Liz said...

Great birds Mick! I haven't seen these before.

Reena Walkling said...

Always love seeing your birds. In the evenings, the sanderlings and plovers entertain us at sunset.
Hope you are having a great week, Mick!

Rambling Woods said...

A stint..I have never heard of that..lovely photos...

Adam Tilt said...

Great photos Mick. I've not seen those waders before.

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely captures!

Hilke Breder said...

Two great images, Mick, of the Red-capped Plover! I am not familiar with this bird, but your photos would allow me to id them.

Springman said...

Arctic to Australia, that is some migration! Thanks for sharing your remarkable plovers Mick.
Cheers to you this holiday!

Snail said...

They are sweet little birds. not quite Santa red, though. Merry Christmas!

icedgurl said...

trekking your superb blog! keep blogging and inspiring people! happy holidays!

cheers!
...TREK...

Larry said...

Super shots of the Red-capped Plovers and the Red-necked Stints! Lucky you get to see the Red-capped Plovers all year.They're a real treat!