Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday: Pacific Golden Plover

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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23 comments:

mick said...

Great photos of the PGPL's. I think the one in the first photo has still some breeding plumage showing - those black spots down its front. They are really spectacular in full breeding plumage - solid black down the front.
Good luck with your bird photo challenge - and good luck with the shoulder surgery.

Carole M. said...

hope all goes well with your surgery Liz ... and great to pick up the new bird photos; really lovely! Nice to get to new places and explore and see something new for the first time is always a treat.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI All the best for surgery. Perhaps you should consider a lighter camera in the future. (just a thought) These shots of the Plover are great. Well done.

eileeninmd said...

Cute Plover and congrats on your lifer, Liz! Great shots! Wishing the best on your surgery, sending my prayers.

Phil Slade said...

Lovely shots Liz. Those pacifics turn up in the UK occasionally. Good luck with the surgery, you'll soon be back camera toting.

Dave said...

Well Liz good news with the forthcoming op, hope it goes well. It shouldn't stop you taking images of birds while you recover... point and shoot with the other hand, a little less heavy and a bird shot still counts eh! Lovely post and congrats with the latest lifer.
Dave

stiefbeen said...

Wauwwww wat staat hij er prachtig op

TexWisGirl said...

such beauties! i sure hope your surgery goes well!

shirley said...

Wonderful captures - it is great that you are involved with this bird challenge.
And good luck / fast healing on your upcoming surgery - I know you'll be back in no time!

Kim Stevens said...

Just wonderful shot as always my friend!!

Kim Stevens said...

And I forgot to say, good luck with the surgery and I wish you quick healing! Golly, 6 weeks without using the camera...I think someone would have to take it and lock it away from me! :)

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Plover Liz, you shot them well.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is a beautiful series of images, Liz.
I am sending the very best wishes your way for a successful surgery and recovery.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Glad that you were able to photograph these pretty lifers!
Good luck with your surgery. Will be praying for a speedy recovery.

Pat Tillett said...

Really nice photos Liz! Ir looks like a great place.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful shots! I hope your surgery goes well.

Stewart M said...

Great looking bird - its nice to have a group of "experts" to fall back on!

Hope the operation on your shoulder goes well.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous shots of the beautiful plover. :)

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

Beautiful images Liz! I hope all goes well with the surgery and that you have a speedy recovery. Get well!

Melissa

Carletta said...

Sweet plover shots Liz!
Wishing you a successful surgery and a super recovery that gets you back to photography as soon as possible.

Connie Smiley said...

What cool shots of that interesting bird! Hope you're healing up quickly. It would be an awful temptation to pick up that camera, but I hope you'll listen to your doctors. My husband had a shoulder replacement early this year, and he's doing great.

Brian King said...

These are beautiful! The lighting is very nice! I hope your surgery goes well and you recover quickly. I know it'll be tough not being able to use your camera for that length of time.

Joop Zand said...

You have made lot of good pictures Liz..... i like them all very much.

Greetings, Joop

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