09 April 2014

.... before migration

It was around 2.30 p.m. low tide, at Pelican Point, on the Central Coast, N.S.W., same day last week, as yesterday's post for the White-faced Heron,  and it was hoped to still see the shore-birds/waders, before migration.

Having now walked further around the rocks I believe, amongst the following photos, is a mixture of both Red-necked Stint, and Red-capped Plover.

Upon further reading, Birds in Backyards notes the Red-capped Plover is not a migratory bird ...but the Red-necked Stint "is a migratory wader, breeding in Siberia and west Alaska and then moving to non-breeding areas in South-East Asia and Australasia south of about 25° S".








 a glance across to the surf-side

these both looking to be Red-capped Plovers to me

  The rock-pool on right made me think of a dinosaur footprint :).





I'm sure I've read this to be King Neptunes Lace, but a web search, zilch.  Thinking that I read it on the information board nearby, at Norah Head.
Later addition:  Went to an older blog post where I'd made mention of it - Neptunes Necklace it is.  A link to info' on it is here, an article by Keith Davey.

 Maybe some of these will stay behind; I can't tell which is juvenile and which is female


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31 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I do love finding and photographing shorebirds but sometimes they truly are difficult to identify!

Bob Bushell said...

Those birds are brilliant, the Plovers are my favourites.

Jeanne said...

Love those little wading birds and that surf looks pretty good for the surfers. Is there alot of surfing around your area?

Carole M. said...

Jeanne - it's just a 40 minute drive down the coast to the beaches

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Carole M;

Your shore bird (Red-necked Stint, and Red-capped Plover) look really cute♡♡♡
Your country's surf season might be longer than I think.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

TexWisGirl said...

the red-capped plovers are really neat looking birds!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

are they migrating to NZ? You gannets come here every year.

Thanks for visiting.

Susan said...

Hello Carole, I really enjoyed seeing the Stints and the Plovers - their gorgeous stick-like legs with knobby knees. It looks as though they'd find lots of nice juicy snacks caught amongst those rocks.
Even if perhaps it's not the right name, I think King Neptune's Lace describes that pretty sea pond just perfectly.
There happened to be something on tv last night about dinosaur footprints over in the West and they looked remarkably similar to yours :D)

Carole M. said...

Hi Ann, I added a new note that it is just the Red-necked Stint that is migratory of these two. It won't be heading to N.Z., it will be heading back to Siberia and West Alaska instead; that's quite some haul isn't it?

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such beautiful views of the shoreline. And these colourful feathered characters add some drama.

mick said...

Great sea-side scenery and I always enjoy watching red-capped plovers and red-necked stints. Most of the stints up our way are showing a lot of breeding plumage right now so you may be lucky to have quite a few juveniles stay over winter.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carole. Fantastic shots of these little guys and I especially love the Red capped Plovers.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Carole, your Red-capped Plover is an adorable bird. I love all the Plovers. Great shots!

Stewart M said...

nice little birds - I like seeing the RCP's dashing about on the beach.

Most of our RNS have headed north now.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Willow said...

It must be lovely to go walking there !

Roan said...

If that isn't called King Nepturne's Lace, it should be. The shot makes me think of some under world. Enjoyed your post.

Stuart Price said...

We'll be seeing your RNSs up in the north acific in a couple of weeks time.................

Montanagirl said...

Hi Carole! A nice variety of photos here. Love seeing what you see over there. I see many birds I've never seen by visiting your blog.

Pete Shanley said...

Love these guys. Still seeing Red-necked stints at Phillip Island, Vic, but without much colour so suspect over-wintering young-uns!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful macro bird photos and love the red of the surfboard and great vernal pool shots for OWT ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos! The plovers are so cute.

Roy Norris said...

Great captures Carole, it is always nice to find something new.

maryaustria said...

A wonderful series of photos! Beautiful birds and landscape!

Brian King said...

Those are handsome little shorebirds! Love the gorgeous coastline!

Jan Castle said...

Great little bird pics Carole....love the Neptune's Lace!!!
Hugs,
Jan

Haddock said...

With these birds around, one can spend hours at the beach.

Phil Slade said...

Hi Carole. Take a look at Wiki on "mist netting"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mist_net

On previous posts I itemised recoveries of birds I ringed or ringed ones I caught.
e.g.http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/tuesdays-trip.html

Those stints have a long way to go; as great travellers I once saw a single one in the UK, way off course as it should have been in South East Asia.

I like the shot of the stint right next to the Red-capped Plover as it's always good to compare sizes.

Linda said...

Beautiful series!

Dave said...

Interesting Post Karen. Have you ever read the book "The flight of the Red Knot" by Brian Harrington.?

Different bird but a great subject about shorebirds migrating on vast journeys from the coasts of America.

Dave

Carole M. said...

thanks to all for your lovely comments; I always enjoy reading over them.

To Dave: thanks for the tip-off on the good reading. Have made a note to self, to check it out....

Liz said...

I love these little birds! We have a lot of Red-necked Stints around many areas of Moreton Bay but I am yet to come across Red-capped Plovers.