29 February 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Wetlands

Royal Spoonbill

Welcome Swallows enjoying the masses of mosquitoes.  Insect repellent was most welcome too, and when we went back to the cars, if the windows had been left open they would be full of them!

 It's all about the people too; not just the birds you get to see.  Everyone is only too happy to share their knowledge of the birds you mightn't have seen before.

Location: Ash Island, and way in the distance up the road (with wetlands either side), was a Yellow Wagtail creating much interest.  Since all I saw was a snippet of yellow as it flew away, via birdway.com, is this splendid photograph  of a male Yellow Wagtail © Ian Montgomery

I was fascinated with this awesome telescopic camera kit!

Location: Stockton, and a portion of the Stockton Bridge

Bar-tailed Godwits 

Black-fronted Dotterel

Eastern Curlew

 Red-capped Plover

A Caspian Tern back left, amongst the seagulls, basking in the mid afternoon sun.

Three birding posts you may have missed outside of W.B.W. posts

Cormorants fishing
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Noisy Miner

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Crafty Gardener said...

The spoonbill photos is wonderful. Wish I had a lens like that one.

Gary said...

Great outing, but too many people for Boom & I.We never see more than 1 or 2 , and during the week none. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Filip Demuinck said...

The first two pictures are great. Good idea to take a picture of the men with the telelens.


Andrew said...

It looks like a wonderful place to visit Carole and you have captured some fantastic birds..

Busy at work at the moment so I apologize now if I miss the odd post.

Take care xx

heyBJK said...

Beautiful photos! That Spoonbill has quite the hairdo going on! LOL

sandee said...

LOVE the birders and some of that camera equipment was quite impressive!! I need to join a birding group too! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That Royal Spoonbill is wonderful. I get into situations like this and find taking pictures of the people more fun. That camo lens probably costs as much as a car. Nice post.

Dianne said...

Wonderful series of pics Carol ... love that red capped plover .... I've never seen one in our area ....Delightful.

TexWisGirl said...

love all the shorebirds, but yes, that spoonbill steals the drama today!

Jan Castle said...

The spoonbill is soooo elegant! And so is that telescopic camera set up...can't imagine even lifting it to carry around - LOL!
Paper Hugs,

Carletta said...

The Spoonbill is quite large isn't he! Lovely shot!
That second shot appeals to be . The colors just are softly muted like a Monet painting. :)
What I wouldn't give for that guys camera accessories! :)
Wonderful images and post Carole!

eileeninmd said...

I love going on outings with my bird club. Always fun with so many pairs of eyes to spot the birds. I love the spoonbill and the curlews. Cool birds and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing birding -- that spoonbill in the first photo is fabulous! I would love to have been on that birding trip! My bird today is definitely not a wetland bird!

Anonymous said...

The Spoonbill is amazing with his long flowing feathers. I wouldn't be able to carry that much camera around, it would have to have wheels on it for me! ;)

Nadege, said...

I wouldn't mind a lens like that.
Great captures of these lovely birds.

Laura said...

Wonderful photos, Carole!! Thanks for sharing!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The spoonbill photo is beautiful. You have such interesting birds there.
I would not be able to lift that big lens, let alone carry it with me. But I bet he gets some great closeups.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - great collection of pictures. The old mosquito is not my most favourite of animals.

Cheers - Stewart M

Mary Howell Cromer said...

It looks like you had a splendid outing and the images reflect that~

holdingmoments said...

Great set Carole. That Spoonbill is a real beauty.

Robin R Robinson said...

I love blogs that capture the flavor of a place. Your's meets that standard nicely. And, the Royal Spoonbill!!!! WOW, what a bird! I would love to see and photo such a thing. Alas, I'll likely never get to Australia, so i have to rely on folks such as yourself who take the time to post these things. Thank you for that.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful shots.
Love the Spoonbill.

Springman said...

I can't believe how grand the Royal spoonbill is. Looks like a great group of twitchers!

joo said...

Lovely set of photos!

Geke said...

Awesome picture of the Royal Spoonbill but also the background.
Wow, that's a gigantic lens! It's almost Mother's Day Carole......;-)LOL
What a great area to walk and watch the birds.