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January 12, 2010

Stockton Sandspit and the Wreck

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 3:01 am

Stockton Sandspit and The Wreck

12th January, 2010.

I finished off my adventure to the west with a morning at the Stockton Sandspit. It was high tide and not the best time to be there, but oh well, you can’t win them all. I went down the northern side, and disturbed either a crake or a rail. I couldnt get a photo because I was too surprised to see one at that end. Luckily I was ready when this Mangrove Gerygone flew into the mangroves.

Mangrove Gerygone
Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster)

There were a whole bunch of birds on the centre lagoon. A pair of juvenile Pied Oystercatchers with their parents, Black-winged Stilts, Australian White Ibis and two or three hundred Eastern Curlew.

Eastern Curlew
Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis)

There were a mob of Red-capped Plovers and a flock of Red-necked Stints who later took off and flew west when I surprised them. A group of Red Knots were also grazing on the grassy section in the lagoon. Then I saw another bird watcher, and it was Mark Young, from Sydney. If you go to his blog, he will probably tell you all about the day from a different perspective. I showed him the next bay, which had nothing, so then we went to the wreck along the Stockton foreshore. There were a few Pacific Golden Plover and an entourage of Grey-tailed Tattlers sitting on the rusting hulk.

Pacific Golden Plover and Grey-tailed Tattlers
Pacific Golden Plover and Grey-tailed Tattlers

We took a few photos and then I spotted this White-faced Heron who had caught a prawn. “Don’t come the raw prawn with me, mate”.

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron (Ardea novaehollandiae)

I had trouble identifying this Common Tern at first because I thought it might have been a White-fronted Tern but I was wrong, again, D’oh!

Common Tern
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

After that, I left Mark to it, he was going back to the sandspit to wait for the waders to come and feed there. Two hours after high tide is the best time to go there.

Stockton Bird List 12/01/10

Superb Fairy-wren
Eastern Curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Silver Gull
Australian White Ibis
Rock Dove
Pied Oystercatcher
Mangrove Gerygone
Common Myna
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Red-capped Plover
Intermediate Egret
Red-necked Stint
White-faced Heron
Spotted Turtle-dove
Pacific Golden Plover
Grey-tailed Tattler
Australian Pelican
Olive-backed Oriole
Common Tern
Red Knot
Crested Tern


  1. G’day Steve,

    I like your Plover and Tattler shot, it turned out much better than mine.

    I ended up seeing Ruddy Turnstone(1),Lesser Sand Plover(1), Godwits(approx 200-300. Mostly Bar-tailed with a few Black-tailed thrown in), Knot(1), and a Bar-tailed Godwit in what I think is almost full breeding plummage.
    Write-up and pictures soon.


    Comment by Mark Young — January 12, 2010 @ 5:32 am

  2. Good to meet you Mark.

    Lesser Sand Plover is a good score.

    I will put a link up to your post when you do it.


    Comment by admin — January 12, 2010 @ 8:52 am

  3. Be sure to go and have a look at Mark’s post about the day.


    Comment by admin — January 16, 2010 @ 2:30 am

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