Having been away for a few weeks, decided to
check out my favourite wader sites at this afternoon's high tide.
The tide was very high, and Pelican Point had
only 5 pied oyster catchers and one sooty. No other birds at all, no
crested terns, not even a single silver gull!!
I called in at several spots along
Livingstones Bay and around to Blackfellows Caves then, on my way home, Bungalow
Bay and Gerloff Bay. At the end of the afternoon I had managed to
accumulate 100 turnstones (2 with SA orange/yellow flags) and 40 red necked
stints (3 with SA flags). No sign of the 4 bar tailed godwits that I had thought
were overwintering here.
At the eastern end of Livingstones bay I was
surprised to see a flock of 50 white faced herons. Herons are common here,
but I don't recall seeing quite so many before. What surprised me most was the
number of singing honeyeaters in the more sheltered parts of Blackfellows Caves
and Bungalow Bay. Right down on the beach strand apparently feeding on the
many small insects associated with the rotting sea weed.