I’ve been to Apollo Bay so many times over recent years that I’ve stopped seeing it as a birdwatching destination. As I have no transport, I always stuck to the same areas and saw the same birds. This visit, I decided I was going to focus on looking for marine life and experimenting with photography.
Then, whereever I went, I seemed to find birds in locations where I hadn’t seen them before. This hooded plover, and its friend, decided the harbour was the perfect place to hang out.
Then, while exploring the rocky area behind the habour, I came across a ruddy turnstone. WOAH! Previously, I had only seen one through a scope at Killarny. I loved being able to see them up close and observe their behaviour. Interestingly, there seemed to more birdlife on the rocks and very little hanging around the mouth of the river. This could possibly be because I don’t visit in spring that often, but birdlife in general seemed to be different this trip.
As you can see from the above photos, the birds were pretty determined to stay where they were. Even as the tide was coming in. And, in the photo below, you can see a sanderling! Unexpected lifer! I was able to identify it from the book, too, something I always struggle to do with shorebirds. It seems some of the best birds come when you stop obsessing over them.
Fantastic trip and will definitely check out this area more in the future. No beach stone curlew though, alas.