Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday - 33: Swanwick Beach

Little bit of a change for this week - I normally only post one species - but these are the result of a walk on Swanwick beach in Tasmania.  The parts of the beach I walked is where an estuary becomes the sea.  There were always a few birds loafing about.

The most obvious birds on the beach were pied oystercatchers - splendid birds that I have posted about recently.

Pied Oystercatcher
Further down the beach I found a pair (well 2) of Bar Tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)feeding at the edge of the waves - these birds were very timid and it took a long time to get within range.  Some of these birds fly from their breeding grounds in Alaska to South Eastern Australia and New Zealand in a single flight! Thats the longest know non-stop flight of any bird in the world.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Bar-Tailed Godwit
There were also some plovers dashing about on the sand.  In the end I just sat down on the beach and waited for the birds to come close to me.  The few other people - dog walkers mainly - on the beach were rather useful in this regard as they often pushed the birds towards me.  Although what they thought of the crazy person sat on the beach is another issue!

Hooded Plover 
Juvenile Hooded Plovers
The Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubicollis) is an Australian endemic.  Due to the often heavy use of beaches this bird is declining in some of its range due to the high rate of nest failure on busy beaches.  There were 2 (and possibly 3) pairs of this bird on the beach and they all had young.  This was a splendid site.

Hooded Plovers
Higher up the beach, where the sand was very dry there were a number of Red-Capped Plovers (Charadrius ruficapillus) - these were the smallest of the beach birds, only 14-16 cm long.  They were very busy - but one did pose for me in patch of sunlight!

Red-Capped Plover

Red-Capped Plover

On the way back along the beach I found this Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus).  I would not be surprised if its beak weighs more the that Red-Capped Plover!

Pacific Gull
I hope you enjoyed the walk.

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55 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the oystercatchers - they always look so formally dressed. but those plovers are just darn cute. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I Love that bird's red, RED bill! I am so looking forward to seeing the shore birds return to Ontario but that won't be for a while yet.

Marcia said...

Great photos. That Tasmania vacation has produced lots of photos! No bird photos here. I'm sick with a terrible cold and birds are mad at me for not filling the feeders.

Jannibele said...

Love the red-capped one! First time I see it. Don't know if we have this in Norway...

Modesto Viegas said...

Great series!!

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series showing. The hooded plover, I really like :) Hanne Bente

Indrani said...

Wow! You got so many shots!
I struggle to get one good one.

Andrea said...

Oh how I enjoyed this walk ... the exercise wasn't great, but the birds are wonderful. Your pictures took me right to this beautiful place which, in my dreams, I wish I could visit. The picture of the Red-Capped Plover in the sun is stunning. A printable, publishable piece. Thank you once again Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the beach walk and the great variety of birds. Last time we were on the beach I lay down in the sand to get pictures of turnstones. I expect people may still be talking about the crazy lady!)

Carletta said...

Your walk along the beach would certainly please any bird watcher.
Quite a few species you captured very well Stewart!
I do like that Oystercatcher - certainly stands out in the crowd!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A wonderful assortment of shore birds Stewart. I am still thinking of that long non-stop flight. I couldn't even manage that long in an airplane.

Karen said...

I am lucky to see a gull on beach walks. Great shots Stewart. Love that red bill!

Findlay Wilde said...

I really like those Hooded Plovers. From Findlay

Richard Pegler said...

Some great shore bird images here Stewart. I particularly like the Plovers

Carole M. said...

a smorgasbord of wonderful waterbirds; great photos Stewart!

Ken Schneider said...

There is such beautiful variety among the plovers. Loved all your photos, and glad you didn't just stick to one species this time!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

love the shorebirds with their long beaks and legs ... we were thrilled to spot a black oystercatcher when visiting in British Columbia last year.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, great shorebird collection. I love Oystercatchers and the Hooded and Redcap Plovers are so cute. Beautiful photos. Thanks for hosting WBW!

Amanda said...

Lovely to hear the hoodies there got a baby to that stage : )

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I did not know that about the Godwit and your plover is amazing...such good shots again and great info as always. We have a lack of shorebirds here for some reason, hopefully they will return soon.

HansHB said...

Lovely photo and interesting reading too!

i stora drag said...

Very nice bird photos - and now I long for Summer and beachlife!
Greetings Pia

mick said...

A great series of birds on the beach. I wish I could see a Hooded Plover! btw I think your Godwits are both females. Males are slightly smaller and have a slightly smaller bill.

Esther Joy said...

Loved the oystercatcher with that bright red bill. I've never seen one!

Brian King said...

I've never seen those Plovers before. Beautiful little birds! The gull is very majestic with that heavy bill!

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely shorebirds, Stewart!

Becky said...

Loved the walk. Some birds I never see.

Arti said...

Especially loved the beaks of the Godwits!! They seem pretty sharp. Lovely captures, wide variety of birds.
Have a nice day Stewart :)

Neil said...

Great series.

pattisjarrett said...

Great birds, Stewart. The red-capped plover is a fine-looking bird.

DeniseinVA said...

I love to watch shorebirds and because I don't live near the beach, don't get to see them very often. Your photos of them are wonderful!

Anni said...

Love the red capped plover. I've not seen one!!

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

What a wonderful walk! Love to see the colors on some of these birds- so brilliant.

Kerri said...

Oh what a lovely walk!! Thanks for that!! and I'm always impressed by your variety!! LOVE 'em!

She Who Carries Camera said...

That is totally amazing about that long migration flight! WOW...how interesting. Loved your walk along the beach!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful selection of shots!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I've never heard of a Pied Oystercatcher. They're beautiful!!!

cory nicastro said...

Thanks so much for hosting! In addition to blogging, I am an amateur photog: I really appreciate your work, especially since I live right by the beach and LOVE to birdwatch there!

Best,
Cory
Quirky town. Life: with a twist...

Phil said...

I'm a fan of plovers so nice to see the Red-capped and Hooded there - the first one I'd heard of but not the latter. Your Bar-tails are timid too? - just like they are here, and I got two shots today but further away than yours Stewart. Thanks for the opportunity to post here linking us birders together in ths way.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What I love about this meme is all the different birds from around the globe. I've never heard of the plovers or godwits. You photographed these beautifully! Thanks so much for hosting the meme!

dancingaspensfarm said...

I love those little Plovers. Maybe I will see one IRL one day.

DIMI said...

Ηallo Stewart!A great series of birds on the beach!!Tasmania is a lovely place!!So many beautiful animals and birds!!Wonderful pictures!Thanks you for sharing!Hope you have a lovely day!
Dimi..

NatureFootstep said...

the hooded plower is new to me. Looks great. :) Thanks for hosting this meme.

Phyllis Oller said...

Love your photos,They all look awesome,such long beaks & the bright orange/red colors,thanks for sharing,it`s always interesting to see what kinds of birds that I`ll never get to see,thanks for hosting,phyllis

grammie g said...

Hi Stewart...Your feathered friends of Swanwick Beach shot's are great, love those plovers!!
I got the link thing figured
out ; )!! Thanks !!
Grace

thirtysevenandcounting said...

So many beauties. The Red-Capped Plovers are sure cute.

~Lindy

Vineeta Yashswi said...

All pictures are awesome but i like first picture of Hooded plover very much...

Pam ;) said...

Great series of shore birds here Stewart. There are several I've not seen before. Thanks for hosting WBW.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They are all such delightful looking birds and sitting down to allow the birds to come to you, is often the best way...otherwise, you just might get not so much.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos! It seems that I know less about birds than almost anyone. I'm learning, but we don't have many brightly colored birds here, so it's a little harder to learn and remember.

Adam Jones said...

I love the red capped plover. lovely bird.

Adam Jones said...

I love the red capped plover. lovely bird.

Arija said...

Lovely, lovely collection of shore birds.When flying in commercial aircraft is out, it is pretty difficult to get even to Tassie from here and I really love the place.
Glad you could spend some time there.

Müge Tekil said...

Taking a walk on the beach, watching and photographing shorebirds is a great way to start the day. Oystercatchers are lovely. I saw European Oystercatchers in my country and American Oystercatchers in Peru. And now the Pied Oystercatcher. The appearance of these 3 species is almost identical, or am I wrong? OTOH, the juvenile plover is very pretty, its short feathers form an interesting texture on the photo.

Have a nice weekend,

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Andy Wilson said...

Wild Bird Wednesday. Red-Capped Plover.
Great stuff!