A wet day at Long Reef, Sydney

March 19, 2011

Quick trip to Long Reef.

A quick visit to Long Reef in the rain to check out the two Wandering Tattlers before they left for warmer climes and some serious fun (breeding).

Locations visited

Long Reef Sydney


Seabirds 7 species
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 40 Plenty as usual
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 1 A few roosting with gulls
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) 1 A few just off the reef
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) 1 Usual numbers
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) 1 Off the reef
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia) 1 A few just off the reef
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1 Smaller numbers
Land Birds 6 species
Sooty Oystercatcher (Haematopus fuliginosus) 14 Good numbers of this sp today, including one very tatty individual
Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) 4 Four flying past the reef
Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) 2 The two visiting Wandering tattlers still around, despite 70mm of rain overnight (that's 3 inches in old money)!
Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) 1 A few colouring up well on the reef and many still in winter dress
Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes) 1 Still a half dozen left
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 1 Small group out roosting



Alan McBride on March 21, 2011 about A wet day at Long Reef, Sydney

I'll never look at a Tattlers legs the same again.;-)

Jim C. on March 20, 2011 about A wet day at Long Reef, Sydney

I have only seen them through a telescope at long range on the Galapagos Islands and Northern Australia. Isn't the face like a Redshank's? Oh but those legs!.....like a Clydesdale's or a Harpy Eagle's on steroids. Jim Clift.

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Alan McBride

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