I had been there on Saturday, just five days before, and had seen so many Great Crested Grebes, Banded Stilts and Glossy Ibis that I was confident they'd be on our list. They were not. Nor were Cape Barren Geese, Brolga, Australasian Pipit or Pacific Black Duck, all of which we saw on Saturday.
Conversely, we did see Buff-banded Rail, Red-kneed Dotterel, Red-capped Plover, Blue-billed Duck (quite a few), a Black Falcon (which upset the terns and waders as we had our lunch at the Borrow Pits) and a Spotted Crake: all birds we did not see on Saturday. The Spotted Crake, which I initially identified as a Baillon's Crake because it looked so small, was uncooperatively hiding in the undergrowth along the river bank.
We did see Common Greenshank on both days, but on Saturday they were in unusually large numbers. On Christmas Day, they were back to normal numbers. We saw Zebra Finches on both days, a pretty little bird that always excites me. Of course there were thousands of stints and sandpipers, along with Whiskered Terns. The cisticolas sang to celebrate the season, while the avocets satisfied themselves with looking stunning.
There really could not be a better way to enjoy the festive season.
|Roger celebrating Christmas at the Borrow Pits|