Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

The township of Beachmere, tucked away in the northern section of Moreton Bay, is a quiet yet pleasant hideaway. 
Its location, north of Brisbane just above Deception Bay, where the mouth of the Caboolture River flows into the bay, makes it an ideal spot for boating, fishing and birdwatching. You can also enjoy watching millions of tiny soldier crabs scuttling along the mud flats at low tide.

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is a medium sized wader with a straight black bill that has an olive-grey base. It has a chestnut crown and nape, a white eyebrow, and reddish brown upperparts, with each feather having a black centre. The rump and tail are black, with white outer margins visible in flight. The wings have an indistinct white bar. The breast and flanks are white, streaked and speckled black, with a reddish brown tinge on the chest, grading into a white belly and undertail. The legs are olive. This species is commonly seen with other waders during its migration from northern breeding grounds.









Out at Beachmere, we also spotted many other birds including, Osprey, Black-winged Stilts, Eastern Curlew, Curlew Sandpipers, Great Knots, Gull-billed Terns, White-faced Herons, and more.



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11 comments:

Filip Demuinck said...

I saw a similar bird in the Everglades.

Greetings,
Filip

Nora said...

Wow never have seen this bird, great photos.

Pauline W said...

I love this series, Liz. They remind me of home at Nudgee Beach. I visited Bribie when I was home recently for my mum's funeral and was gobsmacked when I saw that flash new hotel on the Beachmere Side of the Passage. I thought for a minute it was called the Sandpiper which just seemed wrong but it's the Sandstone, and I did like the soft sandstone tones of the building.

diane b said...

Nice shots of the wetlands and the sandpiper.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, watching the world go round.

Brian King said...

They look like rather elusive little birds! Beautiful marsh!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

It must have been a wonderful time spotting and photographing the bird life!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, great series on the Sharp-tailed Snadpiper! I love the view in the first photo! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

Wow...amazing place.

Stewart M said...

i like Sharpies - always a nice bird to see.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Michael S-B said...

We did have fun that day, exploring the beach with all its mangroves and hiding places for birds. And the rush to get back around to the main path as the dark closed in and tide was rising :)

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