Now for something completely different …

I am taking part in BirdLife Australia’s Beach-nesting Birds Project. I have been allocated an area of beach to monitor along with another woman (see map below).

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This morning I did my second monitoring visit looking for the elusive Western Hooded Plover (pictured below).

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These delightful creatures nest directly on the beach or the nearby dunes and their nests are susceptible to being stepped on by people or damaged by dogs. They are so well camouflaged they are very difficult to find. I didn’t see any this morning but I will be back again in a fortnight to have another try.

Here are some snaps I took while at the beach.