Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thick-knee trots over sands

Beach Thick-knee (Esacus magnirostris) trots over the sands at Taylors Beach, near Ingham, as I looked - in vain - for coastal waders on a low-tide morning this week. Blame, in part, the sand. Surging floodwaters early in the year washed sand over former areas of mud and sea grass. So the beach flats hold fewer feeding attractions.

Here's the only other bird that came close to the camera. No surprise that it's a Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus). Not too many beaches up and down the coast without a pair of these plovers running busily here and there.


Andy Wilson said...

Always a pleasure to view your photos of the varied birds in your area.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Andy.

Elizabeth said...

Cute plover. Looks like he's wearing a scarf. The ones I've seen in California are white and grey.

Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.