Sunday, February 8, 2015

Light Pied spied along the spit

Spied this light Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris) along Lucinda sandspit two mornings back.

Bird puzzled when first seen at distance because it was mixing with about 10 Pelicans. By the time it flew off and joined others of its species all was clear: another leucistic bird (joining longterm Eastern Curlew on the spit). Another to keep an eye out for.

Same day, Sand Plovers wheel across mid-distance with last bit of 5km sugar loading jetty as backdrop (I'd have said Greater SPs, but some interesting discussion recently on problems in identifying Lesser and Greater SPs means I'm playing it safe).

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