Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pacific Golden Plover

I am a little late with posting this week - but - I have had two really great mornings out on the water and that took precedence!  Yesterday I went by boat around to the Carlo Island North roost.  I haven't been around there for nearly a year and a half so it was great to find numbers of shorebirds right where I expected them to be.  I had intended to post a whole lot of beautiful pics from there - but alas!  My camera stopped working!  So I went and got my older camera out of its wrappings and charged up the batteries and was ready to go out this morning on a very high tide. 
Once again it was a perfect morning with no wind and the sea like glass.  I kayaked over to the Airport Roost.  This is one of the roosts that has never been counted regularly and I really want to understand which birds use it regularly and in what numbers.  This morning I saw Grey-tailed Tattlers, Terek Sandpipers, Whimbrels, Greenshanks, Pacific Golden Plovers, Pied Oystercatchers and one Little Egret.  Because it was such a high tide there was a good amount of water in the little mangrove lagoon in behind the bay.  Some of the birds were making use of this area as it is very sheltered and out of sight from boats on the bay. 
The Pacific Golden Plover were on the sand bank facing into this lagoon area. 

Then they moved over the sand bank and were facing out into the bay.  It is not easy to get close to these birds but if you are slow and quiet in approaching them they just move off a little. They only fly right off if they are really frightened.  This time they decided to roost close to a pair of Pied Oystercatchers. 

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18 comments:

  1. sweet, big-eyed plovers. sure hope your camera will be okay!

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  2. I envy your ability to see such a plethora of birds on your outings.
    You got a couple of great shots of the plovers and oystercatches!

    Hope the camera has an easy fix.

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  3. Beautiful Plover viewing.
    Thanks for the comment on my blog.
    Hanne Bente

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  4. Look like lovely plovers, hopefully I will see them one day! Gotta love seeing all the species together like that.

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  5. Sounds like a great outing, definitely well worth the trip. The Golden Plovers are so cute and I love the Oystercatchers. Wonderful birds and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

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  6. You captured the beauty of both the Plovers and the striking Oystercatchers perfectly.

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  7. I like the photo of them all together Mick. Great composition taken from your lens today.

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  8. Lovely shots of the plovers Mick. You caught the glint in their eye and although they look wary, they tolerated your presence. Great list of birds there too- I'd love to see lots of Terek Sandpipers, only ever seen one or two in India.

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  9. Sorry about your camera, hope it will be ok again!

    I don't think I've seen this plovers, but they look so sweet in your first photo!
    Greetings Pia

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  10. Beautiful birds, the oyster catchers in the last picture are so bright that I almost missed the plovers. Hope the camera problem isn't serious.

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  11. Mick, great images! What a nice looking area.

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  12. Beautiful birds, both the plover and the redleg! /Susanne

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  13. Lovely photo of the Golden Plovers Mick, you can see the gold edge on the feathers really clearly. We've been trying to improve our wader ID this year, spending a bit of time on the Cairns Esplanade with the Birdlife Shorebirds booklet. I've also been going through some of your photos and comments as I find them very helpful.

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  14. Oh my gosh those plovers are incredible! I see why they are named 'golden'...wow.

    I always love oystercatchers too. (And those, or at least their relatives) are familiar to me from this side of the pond (we see them sometimes on the Oregon coast).

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  15. Nice PGP's - always a good bird to see.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW - Stewart M - Australia

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  16. Pied Oystercatchers and Golden Plovers in the same series...wonderful! Happy weekend~

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