Thanks for stopping by!

Now is the time each year when we farewell flocks of migratory waders, as they make their extraordinary journey back to their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere.

Earlier in the week at Cairn Curran I came across this flock of Red-necked Stints, mixed with a two other wader species (of which I’ll post later), sheltering from a brisk southerly by the shoreline. The birds were quite tame and allowed me to approach within ten metres … patience and slow wandering movements were the key.


Red-necked Stints at Cairn Curran, 23rd March 2015.


The birds were using shallow depressions and mud barriers to shelter from the breeze.


Red-necked Stint in non-breeding garb.


Some of the flock were feeding in the shallows, fuelling up for the long haul ahead.

Like most of the migratory waders, Red-necked Stints undergo a remarkable plumage transformation in preparation for breeding. This change begins before the birds arrive at their breeding grounds, with some individuals (like the one pictured below) starting before they leave Australia.


This individual is transforming into its breeding plumage – you could almost think it was a different species.


Part of the flock in flight – there is another wader species in here with the stints … can you spot it?

Come late September and the stints will be starting to arrive back in Australia – it’s sad to see them depart but I wish them ‘bon voyage’.

6 responses to “Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Is it the dark one about 5 or 6th from the left?

  2. Not the Double-banded Plover to the right of the mid-line?

  3. Where do they migrate to?

    • Hi Liz, Red-necked Stints migrate to breed in the Siberian tundra, as well as some other far flung locations in the northern hemisphere.
      Cheers, Geoff

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