A quirky bird … returns

Quirky but beautiful, the Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae, is an occasional visitor to the district. These medium-sized waders are related to the Stilts, although belonging to different genera in the family Recurvirostridae, to the Black-winged Stilts, which are common on Cairn Curran and surrounding wetlands. The family name is helpful – alluding to the beautifully upturned bill that is used to stir up the mud, while searching for aquatic prey such as crustaceans, worms and molluscs.


Red-necked Avocets, Lake Cairn Curran, 1st December 2014

While avocets are likely to visit in small numbers on a semi-regular basis, this is only my second record for Cairn Curran Reservoir – a small flock was observed on March 29th 2013.


Two adults and an immature.


Red-necked Avocets in flight over Cairn Curran.


The duller head and wing coverts of the leading immature bird are visible.

6 responses to “A quirky bird … returns

  1. Have you seen any of the mussels at Cairn Curran lately? I transplanted some into my dam at Yandoit and hoping they have survived.

    • Hi Erica – yes, I do come across a few mussels on my wanderings around Cairn Curran. They are a staple food of the native water rats (Rakali).
      Cheers, geoff

  2. Heather Freemantle

    interesting sighting

  3. lynette amaterstein

    Beautiful birds Geoff and great pics.

  4. Thanks for the update Geoff, been quite a few years since I was out there so good to know. Loving all the posts!

  5. These are some of the best images I have seen. One of my favourite water birds.

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