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AUSTRALASIAN Temperate Seashore

The birds of the temperate seashores of Australasia...

Family Anatidae, Ducks, Geese & Swans

(Yalgorap National Park, Western Australia)

Tadorna tadornoides, 'Australian Shelduck'. Female has white on face, male just has black.

(Maria Island, Tasmania)

Cereopsis novaehollandiae, 'Cape Barren Goose'. A bird of uncertain taxonomy, is it a duck or a goose. This is one of the rarest geese in the world. They can drink brackish water, so it they can survive on islands. They have been introduced to Maria Island off Tasmania.

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

(Rottnest Island, Australia)

Charadrius ruficapillus, 'Red-capped Plover'.

Family Laridae: Gulls

(Rottnest Island, Australia)

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae, 'Silver Gull'.

(Kaikoura, New Zealand)

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

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

Thalasseus bergii, 'Greater Crested Tern'

Family Spheniscidae: Penguins

Damon RamseyThe author with a Yellow-eyed Penguin in New Zealand; the author is the short creature on the left (photo by Mark Steadman)

Contrary to many people's expectations, there are just as many, if not more, penguin species along the cool temperate seashores of Australia and New Zealand than there are along the Antarctic continent.

Snares (Crested) Penguin(Snares, New Zealand)

Eudyptes robustus, 'Snares (Crested) Penguin'.

(Fiordland, New Zealand)

Eudyptes pachyrhynchus, 'Fiordland (Crested) Penguin'.

Yellow-eyed Penguin walking on sand (image by Damon Ramsey)(Otago Peninsula, New Zealand)

Megadyptes antipodes, 'Yellow-eyed Penguin', 'Hoiho', 'Tarakaka'.

Family Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants

Family Sulidae: Boobies, Gannets

(Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand)

 Morus serrator, 'Australasian Gannet'.

Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly as in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.