A few weeks ago, my husband & I took a drive north of Brisbane to the Redcliffe area. I wanted some shots of Woody Point Jetty and I was also hoping to capture some birds. I wasn't sure what I would find.
I am currently doing a 12 month birding challenge set by one of the bird groups I am a member of on Facebook - "Australian Birds". The challenge is to photograph as many birds as we can between 1 July 2013- 30 June 2014. We aren't allowed to include any images taken outside of those dates. It's been quite a challenge for me, as my shoulder is deteriorating badly and it's been extremely difficult to hold my camera steady to photograph much. My shoulder surgery is scheduled for next Thursday so I will be unable to use my camera at all for 6+ weeks.
So, while out at Redcliffe, we stopped at a park called Pelican Point Park. There on the rocks I noticed a large group of Sooty Oystercatchers and some smaller shorebirds. I climbed the rocks like a ninja, according to my husband. Each time I edged closer, I took another few images. Once I got home, I sought some ID advice from a bunch of pro birders I have met through the photography page as I had no idea what these little birds were... Lifers for me!
The response was unanimous: Pacific Golden Plovers.
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