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Photographing shorebirds had mixed results.

19 September 2022

Mangrove Honeyeater, Toondah Harbour

Thought I'd go and shoot shorebirds this morning, and so off to Toondah Boat Ramp I drive...

And all I got was this, admittedly lovely, Mangrove Honeyeater (Gavicalis fasciogularis). Just the one, just the one single shot. I pressed the shutter release three whole times. I took three shots. One was accidental; one I missed focus; the last one worked.

The closest I got to seeing a 'shorebird' was a White Ibis on top of a street lamp in the parking lot. I didn't bother taking a picture. Not ONE real shorebird! Buggers are supposed to be streaming back in. And I drove about 45mins in both directions for this opportunity...

However, I did see a lot of crows in the parking lot. We all know what sound crows make, "FAARRRKKKKKKK!' Sums it up really.

In truth it really was piss poor planning on my part. I should have checked the birding websites/Facebook groups to see the locations the shorebirds are most likely to be at and had some fallback locations to try as well.

Still it was lovely weather and I did end up with a nice shot of a lifer.

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