I went out to Inskip Point early the other morning to see if there were any migratory shorebirds back from the northern hemisphere. The Eastern Curlews, which are the first to return, should be returning from now on but I did not see any shorebirds at all on the Point. There were a few out on the sand island in the middle of the Strait but there did not appear to be any more than the ones that have over-wintered.
When I arrived the sun was still low on the horizon, the shadows were long, and the light was golden. The only birds on the Point were some Terns and a group of Pelicans.
Soon after this the first vehicle drove out and the Terns flew off, but the Pelicans moved out of the way and then decided to stay at the edge of the water.
Pelicans breed in the outback when the rains and floods fill up the rivers and lakes out there. They have had 3 good years for this but now it has dried up again and we are seeing large numbers of pelicans here on the coast. I don't remember ever seeing this number of pelicans around the bay in the 10 years that I have lived here. I don't know if there are enough fish stocks for this many birds to survive around here. This photo shows pelicans on the shoreline, out on the sand island in the middle of the Strait, and as a distant white line on the other side of the bay. There is also a small speeding boat visible over there. (All photos enlarge when clicked on!)
On the way back to where I had parked the car there were lots of birds calling from the tops of the trees and deep inside the bushes. This White-cheeked Honeyeater stayed for long enough to let me get a quick photo - even if it was against the light!
I was trying to see what birds were fluttering back behind some bushes when this Eastern Yellow Robin put its head around a tree trunk - then flew off before I was quite ready!
I hope you are not tired of seeing photos of Red-backed Fairy-Wrens! I go for months without seeing any of these birds - so I am certainly not going to stop taking photos of them when they are so visible right now. The little male bird was hopping around down in the plants on the ground and then fluttered up to this dead bush where the female was waiting for him.
The shadows were so deep around the bush that it was hard to see anything - except the white front to the birds. I saw these ones and initially thought it was another female Fairy-Wren - but when I looked closer at the photo I saw these Red-browed Finches. It is not a clear photo but better than nothing!