Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 21, 2010

Stockton Sandspit

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Stockton Sandspit

Well it was back to the sandspit for another time. I missed the tide going out and was too late. The tide was too far out and the birds were a long way out on the mud-flats. The best time is two hours after high tide. But anyway, I went ahead to have a look what was out there. Mostly there were some Bar-tailed Godwits as well as quite a few Black-tailed Godwits. The only way I can tell the godwits apart is from the black tip on the end of the Black-tailed Godwit’s tail. Also the Bar-tailed Godwit bill is a little bit more turned up.

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

There were also quite a few Red-necked Stints. I was having a few problems identifying them at first but after having a good look at their bills and seeing the black stripe on the tail, I was pretty sure that they were Red-necked Stints. And also the size.

Red-necked Stints
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis)

Stockton Sandspit bird list 16/3/10

Rock Dove
Caspian Tern
Little Tern
Crested Tern
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Australian White Ibis
Silver Gull
White-faced Heron
Australian Pelican
Red-capped Plover
Pied Oystercatcher
Great Egret
Superb Fairy-wren
Red-necked Stint

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