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