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March 18, 2009

Bird Photography Soldiers Point 090318

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Bird Photography at Soldiers Point, 18th March, 2009.

This morning I went to Soldiers Point on the Central Coast. It was a great day with four new birds – Red-necked Stint, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone, and Double-banded Plover.

So without more ado, I present the Red-necked Stint(Calidris ruficollis). This one has just started to get the colour of the breeding plumage. The breeding plumage of the Red-necked Stint involves deep salmon-pink on the head and nape, diffusing into pink on the mantle and wing coverts.

red-necked stint

The Red-necked Stint breeds in Siberia and Western Alaska and arrives in Australia around August or September and leave about April. Here are a few in flight, showing the distinctive patterns of the wings and the black bar vertical on the tail.

red-necked stint

The next new bird was the Grey-tailed Tattler(Heteroscelus brevipes). The Tattler is also a seasonal migratory wader travelling between Siberia and Australia each year. This bird was observed feeding on crabs. The Grey-tailed Tattler is quite similar to the Wandering Tattler. To tell them apart, observe the eyebrow. The Wandering Tattler has an eyebrow which is very thin just behind the eye. The nasal groove of the Wandering Tattler is a lot longer than that of the Grey-tailed Tattler.

grey-tailed tattler

And then there is the Ruddy Turnstone(Arenaria interpres). The Ruddy Turnstone forages among the algae, cunjevoi, and under stones in search of small invertebrates. This one has not got the breeding plumage yet.

ruddy turnstone

And this Ruddy Turnstone has started to get the breeding plumage.

ruddy turnstone

And the last new bird was the Double-banded Plover(Charadrius bicinctus). The Double-banded Plover migrates to New Zealand where it breeds and then flies back to Australia in the winter. This one is an immature bird, lacking a chest band.

double-banded plover

And I just had to include this photo of the Sooty Oystercatcher(Haematopus fulginosis) against the beach.

Sooty oystercatcher

Bird Species List, Soldiers Point, Central Coast, 18/3/09

Grey-tailed Tattler
Ruddy Turnstone
Red-necked Stint
Double-banded Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Sooty Oystercatcher
Crested tern
silver gull
Australasian Gannet

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