Monday, July 13, 2009

Sooty Oystercatchers

This weekend was another trip up to Whyalla, and as the forecast was dull, wet and windy, I didn't take my camera with me (to be honest I forgot it). Well, I'm sure we all know by know that weather forecasting is not an exact science, and Sunday dawned bright and breezy, so we took a walk by the Marina and Beach. I have often seen a small flock of Sooty Oystercatchers here, usually flying and calling, but never withing range.......until Sunday!! I did have my compact camera with me, so I started to slowly stalk them. The main problem with a beach is that there is nothing to hide behind!! So I slowly zig-zagged along the beach...... Getting closer.... Until I took one step too far.....

As you can see from the above photo, there was also an adult Pacific Gull on the beach, accompanied by a juvenile

And also what is locally referred to as "Whyalla Gull". It is actually a Silver Gull, and a number of them have had their plumage stained by iron oxide from the local steel works.

There was no sight of the pod of dolphins that usually haunts the marina, just one solitary Pelican......


  1. Tony

    Still great shots, even with your compact camera. The "in flight" shot is particularly good.


  2. Thanks Wilma, I'd forget my head if it wasn't attached!!

  3. Hi Tony,once again fantastic arrangement of great looking birds.
    Well done.

  4. Shame there weren't any handy boulders to hide behind Tony. I think you did amazingly well to get as close at you did. I'm soooooo glad I'm not the only forgetful one! (-:

  5. Thanks John, Thanks Jen, I tried the "don't look at them" trick, which I am told is the secret. If you don't look at them dirctly, they don't see you as such a threat......