Return of the sandpipers

The ‘sharpies’ have returned – Sharp-tailed Sandpipers that is.

Back in February there were a couple of small flocks around the lake, gathering their reserves for the long haul back to their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere.

This means they’ve made the extraordinary flight, more than 10,000 kilometres each way, twice in six months. They’ll spend the summer now in southern Victoria – most birds head towards coastal wetlands and embayments such as Corner Inlet, Westernport and Swan Bay to feed on the extensive areas of mud flats in these places. With only small numbers of migratory waders found locally it’s always a delight to encounter them.


Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Cairn Curran Reservoir, 14th September 2014.


Formation flying – perfect as always.


Still handsome in their non-breeding plumage.


They don’t look tired!


Resting by the shoreline.


Lucky 13 – the flock on the wing.

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