Comerong Is / Shoalhaven Heads

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Subject: Comerong Is / Shoalhaven Heads
From: "Simon Blanchflower" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 16:39:04 +1100
All, had some great birding down at Comerong Is this morning. Managed to get in and out without needing to battle with the holiday traffic!
When I arrived (08:00) it was just below high tide and when I left high tide was rapidly going out (12:00)- it was probably close to half way between high and low tide with much sand exposed at Shoalhaven Heads.
Some great waders here this morning with immpressive counts of 106 Pacific Golden Plover, with the highlight being a single Grey Plover seen flying and landing on the lagoon to the south of the main estuary.
Pacific Golden Plover (106)
Lesser SandPlover (1 Immature)
Bar-Tailed Godwit (240+)
Red-Necked Stint (120+)
Sharp-Tailed Sandpiper (10)
Red-Capped Plover (37)
Eastern Curlew (14)
Pied Oystercatcher (2)
In addition to the waders, saw a large numbers of Shearwaters passing offshore (Short-Tailed and Wedge-Tailed), with some just behind the surf line and these were all Short-Tailed Shearwater with 2 Sooty Shearwater seen whilst I was there. In addition there was a raft of about 60 Gannets close offshore. Another good bird this morning was a single White-Throated Needletail.
In addition did not see the Canada Goose or any Black Swans (except 2 overhead) this morning.
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