The tide was so high the water reached right up to the bush line where the entrance over the sand spit comes in.
The shorebirds were all roosting in the places they prefer and I got good record photos of Godwits, Great Knots, and Gull-billed Terns. It is always harder to get good close photos of the Eastern Curlews. These are the biggest shorebirds and they are the "flightiest"! However, this time they roosted just behind a little spit of sand where I could let the kayak float in close on the in-coming tide and they didn't feel threatened enough to fly off. The first photo shows the kind of vegetation which grows on the swampy land just beyond the high tide mark and the other photos are crops taken from the wider views.
Meanwhile, the tide was still coming in and I heard the small shorebirds fly over to the north. On these very high tides there is one sand-bank in that direction still left out of the water. I kayaked back over there and sure enough they were all there spread out along the edge of the water. I can get much closer to the birds when I drift in on the kayak. I think it might be because when I am sitting on the kayak I don't look so tall and threatening from the bird's eye view! There was also a pair of Pied Oystercatchers roosting with them.
This photo shows the difference in size between the Oystercatcher and a Red-capped Plover.
This photo is of Red-capped Plovers by themselves.
In this photo Red-necked Stints are roosting with the Red-capped Plovers.
There was one patch of color on the sand bank - this flowering Pigweed - which is a Portulaca Sps