|Common Tern, Western Treatment Plant|
I was really after the Gull-billed Tern that had been reported earlier in the week. There were several tern species roosting on the rocks near the Beach Road boat ramp but no Gull-billed Tern and too far away for good photography. I drove the entire beach section from Beach Road to Little River back around Lake Borrie but dipped on the Gull-billed Tern...maybe next time.
Went back to Austin Road to see if I could find the Stilt Sandpiper that was still being reported as present last week on the rocks on the northern side of T-Section lagoon. Several Common Greenshank but no Stilt Sandpiper. However, did see a flock of 20+ Plumed Whistling-Duck.
|Plumed Whistling Duck, Western Treatment Plant|
Couldn't get any closer before they flew away so continued on around T-Section Lagoons and found more Common Greenshank
|Common Greenshank, Western Treatment Plant|
but still no Stilt Sandpiper. Was just about to give up and head home when the sun peeped out from under the clouds giving a lovely soft evening glow to the Royal Spoonbills feeding and preening close by
|Royal Spoonbill, Western Treatment Plant|
and stayed long enough for some close-ups of a singing Golden-headed Cisticola.
|Golden-headed Cisticola, Western Treatment Plant|