The possibility of thunderstorms from late this morning prompted the legs to get walking a little earlier today. By 7.00 am I was down at the ferry terminal enjoying the wide open spaces that a low tide opens up.
Plenty of others are up and about at this time of the morning, including cyclists, other walkers, and those heading over to the island on the ferry
I caught sight of what I think is a yellow-faced honeyeater flitting among the trees, otherwise few shorebirds, except for a pelican or two.
There wasn’t too much activity on the incoming tide late this morning so I wandered up to an area of the wetlands where pairs of shore birds are gathering in these early days of Spring. There were curlews too, doing what they do best, laying low and camouflaged in the scrub. And this white-faced heron came a little closer than another pair I spotted. This shot gives a good sense of the colour of grasses near the mangroves at the moment.
On the way back home I dropped in again on Oyster Point and was rewarded by an egret on the hunt for fish.
Here are three Bush Stone-Curlews we met on Stradbroke Island. Also known as the Bush Thick-Knee, they are remarkable for being able to stand, sit and kneel. Here are a few individual and family portraits. The fourth photo in this series shows one of the curlews demonstrating the reverse kneel.
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.
This sky was reason enough to get out of bed today.