Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sharpies look sharp after bit of biffo

Bit of biffo between Sharp-tailed Sandpipers (Calidris acuminata) on small wetland pool at Mungalla Station, Ingham, today. Went on for a while but no more than a few feathers ruffled.

Most of the Sharpies just went about their business ...

... though its pays to keep an eye on the sky from time too time.

Notable lack of shorebirds in the area so bit surprising to come across Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), one of four mixing with Sharpies on the edges of the old homestead lagoon (which is open now to saltwater inflows at king tide peaks, to study the effects of salinity on problem weeds).

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