After leaving Broome (see last post) and the Kimberley, we headed south through the East Pilbara for a two-night stay at Cape Keraudren, a coastal reserve at the southern end of Eighty-Mile Beach where a beachside camping ground is run by the local council. Leaving this region we farewelled the small, red-bellied race of Grey-crowned Babbler, which was numerous in the north.
|Cape Keraudren, looking north|
From our camper van, we had sweeping views north across reef flats to a sandy beach stretching to the distant horizon.
|Cape Keraudren, looking south|
To the south was a rugged, jagged coastline of ancient coral and limestone. The overall effect was quite stunning. This is an extraordinary spot with great beauty.
In the mangroves, White-breasted Whistler and Mangrove Golden Whistler appeared to be quite numerous, along with Yellow White-eye and Mangrove Fantail. The mangrove birds were seen on occasion to leave the mangroves to forage in more open habitat. Horsfield’s Bushlark was common in the grassland, where a Swamp Harrier was also seen.
|Campsite Cape Keraudren|
|Mangrove Golden Whistler|
On the coral cliffs was a mixed nesting colony of Lesser Crested Terns and Crested Terns, with both species appearing to have recently fledged young.
The two tern species were often at roost together. Plenty of waders were about, including resident Beach
Stone-Curlew and Sooty and Pied Oystercatchers.
|Crested Tern at rookery|
|Lesser Crested Tern at rookery|
|Lesser Crested & Crested Tern|
Other birds included both phases of Eastern Reef-Egret,and Striated Herons that appeared to be unusually orange in colour.
Migratory waders included Large Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Red-necked Stint, Grey-tailed Tattler, Ruddy Turnstone and Whimbrel.
Long term residents of the camping ground and built nesting
boxes for the Zebra Finches.
Extensive areas of mudflats were exposed at low tide. We watched a couple of Black-necked Storks try their luck at fishing.
There were a couple of macropods about that turned out to be a red-coloured subspecies of Euro.
|Zebra Finch at next-box|