|Dull but dry! Looking west from Killarney Beach towards the Port Fairy lighthouse. Low tide exposes the weed covered rocks which protect the beach from the surf.|
Aahh, not enough time! Precious few moments to take in some serious birding, even less time for blogging. However I so enjoyed some birding moments at the weekend, I feel inspired to pen a post or two.
Labour Day long weekend in Victoria generally finds me at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. This year was no exception and I tore myself away from the music for a few hours to Killarney Beach, a reasonably reliable spot for Sanderling and other shorebirds, so I have read.
Being a long weekend I was sharing the beach with horse-riders, dog walkers, fisherman (a few of each) and a lone swimmer (yikes - it's the Southern Ocean for goodness sake!).
I was keen for Sanderling and I spent some time (read "45 minutes") watching a group of waders trying to convince myself that they weren't Red-necked stint and failed - they were. The low-tide had revealed seaweed-covered rocky reefs and patches of exposed seagrass. This underwater garden was laid bare for the camouflaged shorebirds to feast upon.
|Several Red-necked stint and two Ruddy turnstone (look hard!)|
|Oystercatcher, stint and turnstone|
|Distant view of an adult Hooded plover sending its chick to the safety of dune shrubs - away from the approaching photographer|
|Meet Hooded plover (Orange flag YY), proud parent doing its thing distracting me away from the chick "Come hither!"|
|Volcanic rock forms the reefs protecting the little bay from the Southern Ocean surf. White-fronted chat forage|
Black swan and gulls including this Kelp gull were among the fly-bys.
|Looking east, low tide Killarney Beach. You can see two small "islands" of sea grass|
Now if you want Sanderling try heading East from the carpark! More to follow ...