It was a cloudy morning today (15th May, 2014) in the Pilbara east of Karratha as the dawn broke over the mudflats at low tide on Nickol Bay. There was not even the slightest hint of a breeze. All was quiet other than a Singing Honeyeater and a Pied Butcherbird complementing the tranquility of the daybreak.
As the tide came in the sun reflected off the sea's surface...
... a Whistling Kite rested in the dead branches of a mangrove tree overlooking the bay.
A Brown Goshawk was also resting. It's yellow eyes staring intently at me. It was one of those raptor mornings with six species and a Australian Kestrel. Seeing a Brown Goshawk sitting in a tree is a rare sighting for me. For the second year in succession the Pilbara has had significant autumn or winter rains of over 100 mm on a single day. There is more on the way for the next few days. The migrating waders have well and truly gone leaving a few Whimbrel foraging on the mudflats. Red-capped Plovers are doing their breeding thing. With all the water about the birds have well and truly dispersed. I think it is a record this morning as I can't recall a day where I don't see Zebra Finch ... but none were to be seen today! Even so there was a reasonable list even though most of them associated with either the coast or the rain filled ponds.
Here is the list: Nickol Bay 06:30 to 08:30, 15th May 2014.
|Pacific Black Duck||2|
|Great Crested Tern||7|
|Lesser Crested Tern||6|