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Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:19 AM

Double-banded plover (Charadirius bicinctus)

A small migratory plover and unusual in that it has an east - west migration. They breed in New Zealand and over winter in Australia, arriving in my neck of the woods about March and start leaving in August / September.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:03 AM

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This thread has very soon become the home of some absolutely superb photographs - really stunning. Such high quality, all are a real pleasure to admire.

The legs on the red-capped plover chick are amazing - they look they belong to a different creature.   


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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:15 AM

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This thread has very soon become the home of some absolutely superb photographs - really stunning. Such high quality, all are a real pleasure to admire.

The legs on the red-capped plover chick are amazing - they look they belong to a different creature.   

 

~ @TonyQ

 

A thread is born!

 

Special thanks to @offshorebirder for launching it.

 

Your kind encouragement is an inducement to post more images.

 

Wouldn't it be great if this specialty topic became one of the more active Safaritalk forums?

 

Thank you for giving us all a most welcome boost!

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:21 AM

Red-Capped Plover

A cute, little shorebird and I believe they are the smallest of the Aussie plovers and closely related to the slightly larger Kentish plover. Their nests (known as a scrape) are just a slight depression in the sand and often close to a piece of driftwood or plant material for added camouflage. The chicks are absolutely gorgeous. Research has found that due to the male's brighter cap they incubate the eggs at night whilst the females incubate during the daylight hours.

A typical nest, though three eggs is the norm so I suspect I photographed this nest mid laying

 

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~ @Geoff

 

These lovely images have made my night so special.

 

Superb photography, greatly appreciated.

 

The eggs image is a knockout!

 

In 61 years I've never yet observed unhatched bird eggs in the wild.

 

Your image has every quality that I most admire...and more!

 

Your photographic posts are consistently a master class for me. I really mean that!

 

With Appreciation,

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:34 AM

~ It's a real addition to Safaritalk to have such a lively thread, with high quality shorebird images.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:44 AM

~ This great thread has so many superb images of highest quality.

 

It may be awhile before I develop enough expertise to appropriately post here.

 

Tom K.

 

 


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Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:14 PM

@Tom Kellie, I hesitate to constrain your enthusiasm, but I really had in mind for this thread to be about shorebirds, not wading birds (egrets and herons). Thanks much.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:28 PM

@Geoff - I think six chicks is not an abnormally large brood size for Black-necked Stilts. I am not certain how many chicks of that brood survived until they were capable of flight. I saw all six again 1 week later, but they really stick to tall grass / reeds and so are difficult to observe unless you spend many hours patiently searching and tracking. The parents seemed extremely capable so I like to think they made it to adulthood. Once they are out of the nest and growing for a couple of weeks, their mobility and stamina jump a lot and their odds of survival increase dramatically and flighted status is only a couple of weeks away. Since my time at that location (Yawkey Wildlife Center) is devoted to shorebird surveys, rail surveys and other research efforts, I have limited time to drill down on interesting phenomena outside the focal activity.

In terms of the high tide roost: bird at left is Double-crested Cormorant, other large bird is a Brown Pelican. There are a few Laughing Gulls present. Terns are mostly Royal but I also think I see Sandwich and Gull-billed Terns. No Least Terns, Black Skimmers, Caspian, Common, or Black Terns in the photo but they are around at that time of year.
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Posted 25 May 2015 - 12:45 PM

@Tom Kellie, I hesitate to constrain your enthusiasm, but I really had in mind for this thread to be about shorebirds, not wading birds (egrets and herons). Thanks much.

 

~ @offshorebirder

 

My apologies for careless posting. 

 

The addition of “(waders)” after “Show us your shorebirds” confused me, as I mistakenly supposed that wading birds were waders.

 

Very sorry! Thank you for pointing out my error.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:25 PM

This is another mixed high tide roost. It is on Marsh Island, a small island in the middle of Bulls Bay,  Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge (a Class 1 Wilderness).

 

.  The following shorebird species are present: 

Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:28 PM

Sanderling feeding on Donax clams. 

 

South Island, South Carolina.  November 1, 2014

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:37 PM

Purple Sandpiper at low tide, feeding on an algae and barnacle-covered rock jetty. 

 

Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina.  Christmas Day, 2013.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:42 PM

Here are a couple of Wilson's Snipe from freshwater wetlands in coastal South Carolina:

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:45 PM

Pardon the image quality on this one - it was taken out of a kitchen window late on a cloudy winter day.

 

This American Woodcock followed their age-old strategy of heading for the warmer micro-climate along the coast, during snow and ice storms.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 06:57 PM

Pectoral Sandpipers, a dapper member of the "grasspiper" group.  I like their finely streaked waistcoats.

 

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A flock of Pectoral Sandpipers in flight at a turf farm in central South Carolina. 

 

Grasspipers (Pectoral, Buff-breasted and Upland Sandpipers) love the expanses of short grass on such farms.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 07:02 PM

Piping Plover (an endangered species) on the beach at the south end of Kiawah Island beside Captain Sam's Inlet, South Carolina.

 

It is "patter feeding" where the birds tap their foot at high speeds to startle prey, which they grab and consume. Other plover species also use this foraging technique.

 

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 09:43 PM

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Red-necked Avocets

 

One of Australia's resident shorebirds is the spectacular Red-necked Avocet and one of my favourite birds ... heres a few shots from my collection.

 

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Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:03 PM

@offshorebirder Your last series of posts showing species like Pec Sandpipers & Sanderling in plumage stages that i rarely see were very interesting and instructional for me.  


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Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:09 PM

@theplainswanderer G'day Dave, i was wondering if/when you were going to join this thread.


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Posted 25 May 2015 - 10:33 PM

Hi Geoff - look forward to posting a few bits and pieces! 

 

All on track for your trip?

 

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