A few Little Egrets were here along with many Mangrove Gerygones, Intermediate and Great Egrets, Whimbrels, Black-winged Stilts plus all the usual bush birds in the surrounding area like Noisy Miners, Grey Fantails, Willie Wagtails, Noisy Friarbirds plus a few others.
|Several Black-winged Stilts were present at Buckley's Hole Lagoon|
|One of the many Mangrove Gerygones sighted|
|Some of the Mangrove Gerygones were quite approachable|
|A Little Egret hunting|
|The Little Egret preening|
|The Little Egret ready for take off|
|The Little Egret in flight|
A couple of Gull-billed Terns were doing laps around the tidal zone and were collecting small crabs and other small prey from the mud each time they flew around.
|Gull-billed Tern in flight|
|One of the Gull-billed Terns collecting some food while flying|
|The Gull-billed Tern with some food, which was eaten while flying|
Just as we made our way back to the car, a Pheasant Coucal flew past and landed at the top of a shrub in the distance. I see these birds regularly but have few photos of them due to not having a camera or, because I usually see them while driving or they land in long grass. This one gave me an opportunity to get a few better shots. I love their advertising calls. What impressed me most of all was the fact that he did several calls while we watched him and the whole time he had a large bug in his mouth!!
|The same Pheasant Coucal|
|The Pheasant Coucal just before he flew|
|The Pheasant Coucal in flight (still with his meal)|
After this we headed around to Kakadu Beach. This area had a few species visible still even though it was getting late. There were heaps of Pied Oystercatchers and Silver Gulls plus several Whimbrels and a trio of Chestnut Teal. This is the first time that I have seen the Chestnut Teal in the wild too! A couple of other bush birds were also sighted around the gardens near the hides and along the path. While we were here, we did hear the Beach Stone-curlews calling from within the protected area. Unfortunately we didn't see them though.
Maybe the Oriental Plover was present but I was unable to locate it from the walkway or hides and I do not have a scope. Maybe I was just too late too. As much as I would have loved to see the Beach Stone-curlews as well as the Oriental Plover, it is important that people keep out of this area and allow these birds to rest and feed in this protected zone. If people keep/start going into this area for there own selfish reasons, just to obtain a photograph it would upset the birds. We noticed a large number of footprints going into the protected area. I'm sure more footprints than rangers that may be entering!! I noticed that many of the Pied Oystercatchers had bands on their legs too.
|A Pied Oystercatcher feeding|
|The same Pied Oystercatcher|
These were the best few photos I could obtain of the Chestnut Teal as they were inside the protected area. These have been zoomed in and cropped, hence why they are so blurred.
|A trio of Chestnut Teal|
|The same trio of Chestnut Teal in the ocean|
|The Chestnut Teal on the sand|
|Two of the Chestnut Teal in flight|
|One of the many Silver Gulls|