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February 22, 2010

Flinders – Mornington Peninsular

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Flinders Birdwatching

Flinders is a small town on the eastern end of the Mornington Peninsula, nearly a hundred kilometers south-east from Melbourne. I went over to the ocean side of the town and stopped at the Mushroom Reef Marine Reserve. There were quite a few birds on the beach, mainly gulls and Sooty Oystercatchers. Strangely, there were some Australian White Ibis who were foraging on the beach as well. I had not seen them do that before. There must have been more than a dozen Sooty Oystercatchers, so that is a good sign that they are breeding well.

Pacific Gull
immature Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)

I also get to photograph some Pacific Gulls and I was very pleased about that because they are a tick for me. They seem to be in mainly the souther coastal regions of the Australian mainland. The immature Pacific Gulls are very dark and I was thinking they might be a different species when I first saw them. They only get their mature plumage after about 5-8 years. The adults have a huge yellow bill, with both mandibles tipped red. They are much larger than the Silver Gull and the wings are much darker as well, almost black.

Pacific Gull
mature Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus), Starting flight take-off procedure

Pacific Gull
Ready for take-off

Pacific Gull
And taking flight

There were also quite a few Crested Terns roosting on some rocks and when the tide went out, I was able to walk out there to have a look. I also spotted a mob of what I think are Red-necked Stints. Edit: Yes, they were Red-necked Stints, thanks Ricki. 🙂

ID needed please
Red-necked Stints

There was a Red-capped Plover running around all on his lonesome and a Double-banded Plover was also on his own. I am not so sure about the identifications for the Red-necked Stints and Double-banded Plover, so I will get back to you on those. Edit: Confirmed by Ricki.

Id Needed please
immature Double-banded Plover

Flinders Bird List 22/2/10

Silver Gull
Pacific Gull
Australian White Ibis
Sooty Oystercatcher
Red-necked Stint
Red-capped Plover
Double-banded Plover
White-faced Heron
Crested Tern
Little Black Cormorant
Little Pied Cormorant
Welcome Swallow
Common Starling
Australian Raven
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Magpie
Superb Fairy-wren
Little Wattlebird

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