AUSTRALASIAN Temperate Seashore

The birds of the temperate seashores of Australasia...

Family Anatidae, Ducks, Geese & Swans

'Australian Shelduck' (Rottnest Island, Australia)

Tadorna tadornoides, 'Australian Shelduck'.

Family Recurvirostridae: Stilts & Avocets

(Rottnest Island, Australia)

Recurvirostra novaehollandiae, 'Red-necked Avocet'. Endemic to Australia. Can turn up anywhere there is open areas of shallow fresh or salt water.

Family Haematopodidae: Oystercatchers

'Pied Oystercatcher' (Wineglass Bay, Australia)

Haematopus longirostris, 'Pied Oystercatcher'.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

The egg of the Pied Oystercatcher is laid in a simple scrape in the sand on the open beach.

Family Charadriidae: Plovers, Dotterels

Charadrius ruficapillus, 'Red-capped Plover' (Rottnest Island, Australia)

Family Laridae: Gulls

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae, 'Silver Gull' (Rottnest Island, Australia).

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae scopulinus, 'Red-biiled Gull'. The New Zealand form of the Silver Gull (Kaikoura).

Greater Crested Tern (image by Damon Ramsey)'Greater Crested Tern' (Rottnest Island)

Thalasseus bergii, 'Greater Crested Tern'

Family Spheniscidae: Penguins

Snares (Crested) Penguin (Snares, New Zealand)

Eudyptes robustus, 'Snares (Crested) Penguin'.

Damon Ramseythe author with a penguin

Family Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants

Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? The first expedition I am booked to work on after the virus is Micronesia, New Guinea & Indonesia in 2021 with Silversea. Meanwhile I am giving a lecture on the Sunshine Coast (Australia) on the "Sounds of suburban south-east Queensland".