Sunshine Coast Birds

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Pectoral Sandpiper Near Gatton

Pectoral Sandpiper
 This morning I checked out the so-called Cross Road Lagoon at Lower Tenthill, a few kilometres south-west of Gatton. The lagoon is on your left heading from Gatton towards Lower Tenthill. I walked in to the edge from the road.
Pectoral Sandpiper
I had hoped to see an Oriental Plover found there recently. No luck there but a Pectoral Sandpiper showed very well indeed.
Pectoral Sandpiper
I was first alerted to the bird by its call as it was flying. It landed not too far away. Pectoral Sandpiper is a rare visitor to south-east Queensland.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Red-necked Avocet
 Quite a few Red-necked Avocets were present on the lake. The only other migratory waders present were one Pacific Golden Plover, one Red-necked Stint and three Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Plenty of Whiskered Terns were also about. I visited all the Lockyer Valley hotspots as well - more on that soon.

Red-necked Stint

Whiskered Tern


  1. You get so lucky Greg. So many unusual or rare bird in certain locations. You are obviously a "Bird Magnet".

    1. Thanks Jude. I don't think it's luck so much as putting the time in.