In late Spring, the migratory shore birds arrive in huge numbers. As the weather is heading towards Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, these birds come to our shores to spend the Summer roosting.
I had planned to take a drive up to the Sunshine Coast to a known roosting area where these birds can be seen in the thousands. I discovered, via a birding friend who lives in Brisbane, that Brisbane's Moreton Bay was also home to very large numbers of these migratory birds. For me, that meant a drive of 15 minutes from home rather than 1.5+ hours. It was also in the coastal area where I had lived and raised my children for 20 years!
This group was just a small portion (all that would fit in my camera's view). The taller birds at the back are Eastern Curlews, the black & white birds are Black-winged Stilts, the medium sized brown & white birds are Bar-tailed Godwits and the smallest birds are Great Knots.
Exit the Eastern Curlews and most of the Bar-tailed Godwits. And we are left with the Great Knots, Black-winged Stilts & a couple of Bar-tailed Godwits.
Over in another area of the roost, there are a few Pied Oystercatchers and a group of Gull-billed Terns taking flight.
I love the profiles of the Eastern Curlews in flight!
The Eastern Curlews and Gull-billed Terns are off
Joining with Stewart's meme: