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.