A day at the beach

When the day looks like being a bit warm….ok bloody hot at home, it’s great to head to the coast and enjoy the coolness of the ocean. There is an opportunity to wander around the rocky headlands, peering into tidal pools and generally seeing who is also hanging at the beach. This day was spent at Brooms Head. A quiet coastal town usually but over the Summer holidays, the caravan park is packed to capacity, swelling Brooms Head to almost double it’s population.

This day bought about some lucky encounters as we waded through the tidal pool. The bird life was quite varied and we had the opportunity to see some birds we had not seen before as well as the usual large groups of gulls squawking about nothing in particular.

The Sooty Oystercatchers scurried among the rocks.

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Some of the Terns were having a bad hair day.

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But their landing skills were quite good.

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Can you pick the odd one out?

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Easy wasn’t it! The Sea Eagle was scouting along where the waves were breaking but still the birds on the rocks kept an eye out just in case.

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It did make the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers nervous and every now and then the small group took to the skies.

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When they were foraging among the rocks, they were hard to see.

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Occasionally another shore bird appeared. The Grey-tailed Tattler seemed to be playing chasings with the Sandpiper.

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But the Pelican kept an eye on what was going on in and around the rocks at Brooms Head.

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I love being at the beach, don’t you?

2 thoughts on “A day at the beach

  1. I love the sea and actually lived at the coast for 8 years but in all that time never really got very good at identifying bird species. Perhaps I was more concerned with what else was on the beach. 😉 Now that I am older and mostly cured of all that other ‘nonsense” I hope to start being able to get some actual bird naming done. I’m glad you had an escape from the heat. Lovely action shots and that Pelican looks darn cheeky. Looks like it was a beautiful day. Great post, Brian. 🙂

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    1. Thank goodness for Dr Dave who confirmed my “guesses”. “concerned with what else was on the beach”….whatever could you possibly mean Jane?
      I didn’t name the Terns…there were 3 types of Terns and the photo of the Pied Oystercatcher was too fuzzy.
      I even started another blog as well tonight but footy and cricket stopped that 🙂

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