INDO-PACIFIC Seashore
birds

The different species of birds found on the tropical seashores of the Indian and Pacific oceans...

Family Haematopodidae: Oystercatchers

Haematopus longirostris, 'Pied Oystercatcher', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Haematopus fuliginosus, 'Sooty Oystercatcher', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Family Charadriidae: Plovers, Dotterels

Charadrius ruficapillus, 'Red-capped Plover', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Family Scolopacidae: Sandpipers, Snipes

Calidris ruficollis, 'Red-necked Stint', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Arenaria interpres, 'Ruddy Turnstone', (Lacepede Islands, Australia). Widespread throughout most of the coasts of the world.

Family Dromadidae: Crab Plover

the secret of tern pair bonding, is that "one good tern deserves another"

Terns usually breed in pairs that are monogamous for the season.

Family Laridae, Terns and Gulls

Sterna sumatrana'Black-naped Tern' (Alim Island, Papua New Guinea).

Thalasseus bengalensis, 'Lesser Crested Tern' (Madagascar).

Thalasseus bergii, 'Crested Tern', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Crested Tern with egg (Michaelmas Cay, Australia).

Hydroprogne caspia, 'Caspian Tern', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Gygis alba, 'White Tern', (Ducie Atoll). Sometimes called 'Fairy Tern. Stunning all white tern with sharp bill and large black eyes. Mostly found on very remote oceanic islands.

White Terns nest on branches. Their single egg balances precariously on a beach tree branch with no nesting material. The small but pugnacious chick follows (Oeno Island).

Family Phaethonitidae, Tropicbirds

White-tailed Tropicbird chick (Aride, Seychelles)

Family Fregatidae: Frigatebirds

Lesser Frigatebird growing chick with adult (chick on left, Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Family Sulidae, Boobies

Sula sula, 'Red-footed Booby' (Alim Island, Papua New Guinea)

Sula leucogaster, 'Brown Booby', in flight (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

With it's fluff, the growing chick of the Brown Booby quickly appears larger than the parent (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Brown Booby large growing chick (Lacepede Islands, Australia). As the chicks grow, they are left by the parents for longer and longer time periods.

Family Phalacrocoracidae: Cormorants

Phalacrocorax varius, 'Pied Cormorant', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Family Pelecanidae: Pelicans

Pelecanus conspicillatus, 'Australian Pelican',  (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

Family Ardeidae: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns

Egretta sacra, 'Eastern Reef Egret', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).

 Eastern Reef Egret, in flight, (Misool, Indonesia).

Butorides striata,, 'Mangrove/Striated Heron', (Misool, Indonesia).

Family Accipitridae: Hawks, Kites, Eagles

Haliaeetus leucogaster, 'White-bellied Sea-eagle' (Krakatoa, Indonesia). Large bird of prey found along tropical shores of Australasia and Asia.


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".