I had a chance to do some wader watching while having a picnic lunch with family at Scarborough on the Redcliffe peninsula just north of Brisbane. I wandered over to some exposed rocks on the shoreline not expecting much, when I saw these birds, mainly roosting.
They blended in very well and without my binoculars would have been difficult to pick up.
|Top to bottom - Eastern Curlew, Pacific Golden Plover, Whimbrel.|
Some people exploring the rocks put the birds to flight, causing the lone curlew to join some local gulls in the deeper water nearby.
|Eastern Curlew and Silver Gull|
|Silver Gull preening.|
|Southern roost at Toorbul|
It has a large area for the waders to rest on the high tides and is well sign posted to minimise the disturbance of this important habitat. With the on going reclamation of many of their resting and feeding sites in Asia
these birds need all the help they can get.
A couple of kangaroos decided to have a sun bake on the sand between the mudflats.The birds didn't seem to mind.
|Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Whimbrels.|
|Australian Pied Oystercatchers.|
This little critter made itself welcome on our back verandah recently and I've been trawling the net trying to identify it. I think it is one of the Litoria species, maybe a Rocketfrog type.