shivering for the sunrise and shore birds

This morning’s winter sky was spectacular and motivation for an early and cold trek down to the bay to capture the best of it.

I noticed the tide was rising, so was curious to see if any shore birds were feeding at the point.

Yes! Spoonbills!  Royal Spoonbills to be precise. There were six of them.

They were not alone.  The usual suspects were there – bar tailed godwits, black winged stilts, masked lapwings and seagulls joined by a Caspian tern and four sooty terns. A lone sea eagle also put in an appearance overhead to top it off.

winter sunrise skywinter sunrise panorama

spoonbills and stilts - chilly morning

stilts and spoonbills plus lapwinggodwits stilts spoonbills and lapwingsgodwits and stiltsgodwits in morning light

 

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