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

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).

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? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions and Australia with Coral Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.