Checklist S60909409

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Owner George Vaughan

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Another absolutely standout day of wader watching out amongst the succulents and bushels of Orielton! Things have really picked up now, as the list below will attest... the sight of that many waders seething together on the flats, a vast number, like something from Brisbane or Roebuck Bay... astonishing! Fantastic! And to think that, for the first half an hour, every wader was extremely skittish! The Golden Plovers especially weren't having a bar of my approach! And then, when a big knot of waders were clumping in the Sharpies traditional favourite spot, they decided to throw me a bone and put on an incredible show; even the Golden Plovers were as docile as I've ever had the pleasure of seeing them! While no species alone was completely mind-blowing, the numbers spoke for themselves.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 3

    Details: A nice bag in Greenshank Bay, of all places! Now that I think of it, I really can't remember too many Swans being there in my time...

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  2. Number observed: 15

    Details: A handsome flock was stationed at the little pond at the side of the Golf Course! They weren't too pleased to see me, though; I had to make a close approach so as to creep up on the waders. A small sacrifice! And then, on the extremely empty Golf Course Pond, a family of Wood Ducks with fluffies were sheltering from the wind!

    Breeding Code: FY Feeding Young (Confirmed)
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  3. Number observed: 25

    Details: There were some very nice numbers afoot; I remember especially a nice clump that decided to take shelter amongst the Curlews!

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  4. Number observed: 5

    Details: Still, the undeniable ratio of Teals fascinates me! I wish I could solve this puzzle!

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  5. Number observed: 5

    Details: To think that this was the only galliralid of the whole trip! The Coots were not at home; I suspect they were sheltering from the wind out behind their favourite Pond... and this is why they are such a rare creature for Orielton!

  6. Number observed: 6

    Details: Always handsome amongst the mud of the flats! And, yet again, the reliable birds along the side of the Golf Course provided the obligatory beautiful photographs!

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  7. Number observed: 15

    Details: I have said it many times before, but today I was reminded of just how beautiful the Golden Plover is; surely, it is Tasmania's crown jewel of waders! The variability of their always-beautiful plumage beggars belief! I was especially drawn to what is surely one of last years possible AGP's, now firmly proven to be a Pacific bird... and yet she, for a she it was, was no less beautiful for that! Her belly was all dark, right up onto her neck, and her brow absolutely blazed white! As noted in the comments, the Golden Plovers started off very, very skittish; I've never seen such premeditated reticence before, even from them! They spotted me from a good five hundred metres off, out past the Gull Colony. And then, in the Sharpies spot, they instantly famed down, as docile as one could hope for! What was the cause of this sudden change in my fortunes? I'm sure I'll never know... but I will always be thankful for those special few minutes with the Golden Plovers up close!

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  8. Number observed: 6

    Details: Numbers of Plover really have been falling of late! I wonder what the cause may be?

  9. Number observed: 8

    Details: It's definitely a good season for the Red Caps; once again, they were just about everywhere, darting through the air with their very cross clicks and chirps!

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  10. Number observed: 11

    Details: As with the Golden Plovers, the Curlews were extremely skittish at first! They were exactly where they ought to be, in their little spot out past the Gull Colony... and they were not at all pleased to see me! They fluttered across to the other side of the point when I was still miles away, and I feared that I might not even get a decent shot at them... but slowly, desperately slowly, I crept closer, using the same stalking approach I would with the Godwits. I could see I was pushing it; the Curlews stretched their necks and eyed me threateningly, wading as far out into the Lagoon as they could... but they stayed on the ground, and a pleasing photography session ensued! Every photo of a Curlew is a good photo to me; such a stately bird simply cannot be photographed poorly!

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  11. Number observed: 25

    Details: The full Godwit Complement has finally returned! When I saw them all spread out in Greenshank Bay, my heart skipped a beat! Could this be my chance to land everyones favourite American, for the third season running??? I prayed under my breath as I crept closer and closer, bit by bit, the method the Godwits always seem to tolerate. Today was no exception. They behaved perfectly well, feeding in a very nice clump as they moved along the foreshore! The only problem was, the beloved Hudsonian was conspicuously absent... ah well! Bar Tails are still beautiful creatures!

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  12. Number observed: 3

    Details: When I was first in pursuit of the Golden Plovers, way off in the distance, I kept seeing what I was sure was a Sharpie... but one of the Curlew Sandpipers kept popping up too! At such long distance, with my camera being stubborn, I wasn't sure if there was a Sharpie at all! But then, when the Waders formed their giant clump on the flats of Orielton Proper, I was just recovering from my surprise at seeing so many Curlew Sands when, lo and behold, no less than three Sharpies appeared together! What a sight! Two of them moved with the smaller clump to their traditional favourite spot; being home at last, they were perfectly happy for me to photograph them!

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  13. Number observed: 6

    Details: As mentioned above, I was very surprised to spot a Curlew Sand that'd decided to befriend the Golden Plovers! This very Sharpie open-mindedness was pleasantly startling; everyone enjoys seeing some new behaviour, after all! And then, when the Waders formed their super clump on the flats, I was scanning the legions of Stints when, to my astonishment, more and more Curlew Sandpipers kept popping up out of nowhere! When the whole clump moved even closer to me, an astonishing spectacle, they nestled down amongst the Stints perfectly happily! Five of them were there; certainly the same bird from earlier was amongst its Golden Plover friends, happily foraging in the mud! Probably the highlight of my day!!!

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  14. Number observed: 250

    Details: I would fully believe the number to be closer to three hundred; when the little flocks of Stints all flew together to make that astounding super-clump, I was beyond amazed! I'd been following a little troupe that'd joined up with the Golden Plovers, some ten or so birds... how remarkable to see such numbers!!! And then, to my initial annoyance, they all took off... and proceeded to land almost directly in front of me! Such trust! Such docility! It was a pleasure to see them all so at ease!

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  15. Number observed: 20
  16. Number observed: 120
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  17. Number observed: 4

    Details: An interesting benefit of my close approach to the Godwits was the trusting nature of the Terns; clearly, if such flightily creatures as Waders were at ease, they felt they had nothing to worry about! One even landed directly in front of me!

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  18. Number observed: 3

    Details: After several distinctly Heron-less trips, the floodgates were opened! One was in the paddocks along Shark Point Road, another in the Great Egrets' usual haunt around the corner from the Gull Colony, while the last bird surprised me by flapping by as I crept up on the Golden Plovers out past the Colony!

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  19. Number observed: 1

    Details: As per usual, this fine chap was plying the waters of Greenshank Bay!

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  20. Number observed: 2
  21. Number observed: 8

    Details: Heard. I don't think there were very many about, oddly enough.

  22. Number observed: 3

    Details: In the curious radiation-green patch of grass in the remains of the Gate Lake, three very fine Fairy Wrens were tentatively hopping about. The males colours truly popped!

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  23. Number observed: 5
  24. Number observed: 4

    Details: Since the only ones I saw were a pair fossicking about in front of the super-clump, I really wasn't too focused on getting a photo of them today!

  25. Number observed: 1

    Details: I heard one while plying Greenshank Bay.

  26. Number observed: 3
  27. Number observed: 2
  28. Number observed: 25

    Details: It was another great day for Swallows; as often seems to be the way, the severe winds had forced carpets of them to ground!

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