We got an early start and were on the water about quarter past six. The reflections were perfect making even a common bird like this Silver Gull look rather special.
Around at the roost the reflections were even better. This was one of the two Little Egrets that were around there and roosting in the mangroves.
One leg tucked up in front makes a funny looking little pouch under the feathers.
The larger shorebirds were spread out along the water line on the far shore.
I have never yet taken photos that I am really pleased with on that side of the bay. Brownish colored birds and brown colored vegetation are not very dramatic! Also, the water is very shallow on that side and it is not possible to drift in very close. If you get out of the kayak then the birds usually move off elsewhere. This is a line of Godwits.
We then paddled slowly to the far end of the bay where the smaller shorebirds often roost. We got out of the kayaks to try to get closer to the little birds. These are both sit-on-top kayaks - the red one is a two person kayak.
Red-capped Plovers are very curious and will often come closer to check you out! These ones were in among the salt marsh vegetation in the shallow water. There is one Lesser Sand Plover in this first group.
There were a number of small birds on the far sand bank and one of my friends walked out in the water to try to get closer. It made a great photo with the reflection in the still water.