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September 24, 2009

Stockton Sandspit Bird Photography 090924

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 7:09 am

Stockton Sandspit Bird Photography 24th September 2009.

5:30am! What sort of time is that to get out of bed? Well this morning I was keen to get out and about after the red dust storm that blanketed Newcastle yesterday. The wind was still blowing a bit from the south-west and it was a bit cold. I drove over the bridge to Stockton Sandspit and went for a look. The tide was a fair bit out, so I was hoping for a few migratory waders. But there were about 3 Eastern Curlews on the mud flats, a bunch of Black-winged Stilts and a few Red-capped Plovers on the shore. doh!

Red-capped Plover
Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus)

A couple of baby Red-capped Plovers were on the sandy grit in the center island section, near the lagoon. As I was heading to the car park, a juvenile Brahminy Kite flew over.

I then went around the corner to Fern Bay for a look, but there were only a mob of Chestnut Teals, Grey Teals and some White-faced Heron sheltering from the wind behind the mangroves.

Common Starling
Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Stockton Bird List 24/9/09

Crested Pigeon
Common Mynah
Little Pied Cormorant
Eastern Curlew
Black-winged Stilt
Pied Oystercatcher
Red-capped Plover
Superb Fairy-wren
Common Starling
Chestnut Teal
Grey Teal
White-faced Heron
Brahminy Kite


  1. So are those dust storms normal out there? How often do they occur?

    I like your Red-capped Plover picture. It’s interesting to see how similar they are to our plovers, yet different in many ways as well. The starling too looks very similar of course, but that beak is much sharper and longer. It looks dangerous, like a Galapagos Vampire Finch. 🙂

    Comment by MoriaMegan — September 29, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  2. Hi Moria,

    No, dust storms are like super weird events on the coast. I have never seen one in my life before.
    I think the Red-capped Plovers are locals. We get some of the migrant plovers that you might get as well.
    Probably the same starling. We got ours from Europe i think.. like rabbits and other pests..

    hmm vampire finch, sounds really trendy… 😉


    Comment by admin — September 30, 2009 @ 5:08 am

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