Broad-billed Sandpiper

Broad-billed Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper

Recently I was privileged to be invited to spend a couple of hours studying returned wading-birds at the Manly Marina Roost-site. The Broad-billed Sandpiper (Calidris falcinellus) is an uncommon summer-migrant to our area and I’ve struggled to get any imagery in the past. The pics and clips were recorded with a Swarovski STS85 scope and Sony A6400 camera.

Broad-billed Sandpiper

Soon to be heading ‘north-bound’ waders

In early-March I received the opportunity to assist in a count of wading-birds at high-tide at Manly Marina in South-east Queensland. The birds will soon be heading northwards to their ‘breeding-grounds’ in Siberia and north-east Asia and many are starting to moult into their ‘breeding-plumage’. I was asked to help find and photograph ‘flagged’ birds to assist the ongoing-migration analysis with Arthur and Sheryl Keates of the Queensland Wader Study Group (QWSG) (…please note that Manly Marina roost is a ‘restricted area’ and is only accessible by ‘invite’)

View of roost-site facing east

Grey-tailed Tattler, Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, note the blue flag on the leg of one of the tattler, originally ‘banded’ in Hokkaido, Japan.


Little Tern, Bar-tailed Godwit, Terek Sandpiper, Great Knot, Grey-tailed Tattler, Red-necked Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, all present in this clip.


Little Tern and Red-necked Stint

Little Tern, Terek Sandpiper, Grey-tailed Tattler, Great Knot and Curlew Sandpiper.

Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey-tailed Tattler, Terek Sandpiper Great Knot and Pied Stilt

One bird that had only just arrived moulting out of it’s ‘breeding-plumage’, a Double-banded Plover from New Zealand.
Outside Manly Marina I filmed these Bar-tailed Godwits, Great Knot and Silver Gulls on nearby Wynnum Esplanade, the bird call is a Pied Oystercatcher, there were 77 just off camera!

Pied Oystercatchers with Bar-tailed Godwits in background.

Bar-tailed Godwits, Great Knots and a single Red Knot (centre)

This Grey-tailed Tattler was photographed at Scarborough further north on Moreton Bay.

Hope this post has given you ‘inspiration’ to assist further with the conservation of the many ‘globally-threatened’ wader-species, they face many issues and need our help………..please investigate Birdlife Australia (Wader Study Group) , Birds Queensland or Wader Quest amongst others.