A natural history blog by Greg Roberts, Sunshine Coast, Australia
Sunshine Coast Birds
Birding and other wildlife experiences from the Sunshine Coast and elsewhere in Australia - and from overseas - with scribblings about travel, environmental issues, kayaking, hiking and camping.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
A Paddle to Mudjimba Island
I had a paddle in the kayak out to Mudjimba Island, 2km off the Sunshine Coast. The island is known by locals as Old Woman Island, after an Aboriginal legend about elderly Aboriginal women living there.
Getting on and off the island was something of a challenge due to the sea swell, but I made it ashore.
I walked the rocky platform around the island, very slippery in places, encountering a total of 4 Sooty Oystercatchers
This flock of Common Terns was roosting on the rocks
A Wandering Tattler was feeding on the waterline
With it were a few Turnstones
Perched in the scattering of trees on the island were several Pied Cormorants
Two white phase Eastern Reef Egrets were about
along with a single grey phase Eastern Reef Egret
An Osprey with a large fish was on the rocks
The sandy slope behind the island cliff was honeycombed with the burrows of thousands of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters.