Friday, January 5, 2018

King Tides

Each day the tides have been higher this week and this morning the King Tide completely covered the Shoal Bay Chenier shell bank. Any nests remaining would have been washed away. Yesterday the remaining pied stilt nest had two of its three eggs washed away.

This morning the  godwit circled around looking for somewhere to land to sit out the high tide at 10.47 am but the whole of their usual roosting site was covered. Eventually a lead bird landed in the water and with others was able to stand (wade) in the shallow water. But this area is the territory of the regular Variable oystercatcher pair so it had to reclaim this site by driving away the godwit. I'm not sure where they eventually ended up resting to wait for low tide to be able to feed.

Photos to follow.......